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The Healing Light

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.  Malachi 4:2 NIV

the healing lightMidway through winter, I struggled. I needed the healing light.

The days were dark, cold, and dreary. It seemed I hadn’t seen the sun in months. Much like the gloomy outdoors, I felt dejected.

Then, one Sunday afternoon, I witnessed the sun brilliantly appear. Going for a brisk walk in the icy outdoors, I savored the sun’s warmth as it hit my cheeks. My mood brightened, and I felt rejuvenated when this sunny injection hit my crushed spirit.

Although warm rays of sunshine boost the mood, the bright light of Jesus has a more profound effect than sunshine ever could. He brings healing to the broken heart, joy to the downcast spirit, and hope to the wayward soul.

Jesus identified Himself as the world’s light, promising that those who follow Him would not walk in darkness but have the light of life. While sin brings darkness, Jesus brings hope, life, and light. Through His gift on the cross, He offers the hope of salvation to all who believe.

Where Jesus’ light exists, darkness flees. While that doesn’t mean we won’t endure difficulties, heartbreaks, or sufferings, it does mean He will be with us through it all, lighting our path as we navigate dark times.

No matter what challenges or heartache we face, we can turn to Jesus. We can express our anguish and remind Him of our need for His presence. When we invite Him to weather the storms with us, His light reaches our darkest places, injects hope into our hearts, and lights our paths.

When you are struggling, invite God’s healing light into your life. 

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Emily Marszalek

Emily Marszalek enjoys the simple pleasures in life with her best friend, Nick, and their two Goldendoodles, Charlie and Lucy, in the Pacific Northwest. Her writings have appeared in publications including Angels on Earth, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Listen to Your Dreams, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Blessings of Christmas, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Kindness Matters, CBN.com, The Lutheran Digest, Refresh Bible Study Magazine, Daily Inspired Life, and Insight