I suppose it's somewhat ironic that a photo challenge about sunshine and light comes on Good Friday, the darkest day of the Christian calendar.
Today is not a day of sunshine. It is a day that dark shadows fall over the earth as the Son of God hangs from a cross, taking on my sins and those of the world.
It seems there is nothing "good" about Good Friday.
We again hear Jesus' plea:
We know that it is our sins that nailed His hands and feet to the cross. It is we who are responsible for Jesus' suffering.About the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani
My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?Matthew 27: 46
And yet, we also know the "rest of the story." We know that on Easter Sunday, we will commemorate a much brighter day, a day when Jesus fulfills the prophecy of old, and an angel proclaims:
And because we know the rest of the story, we can celebrate New Life today.The only way to see the beauty of a stained glass window
is if light shines through it.
"Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen from the dead."Matthew 28: 5-6
The world welcomes another day as sunlight turns water droplets on wheat into sparkling jewels during a morning walk.
Light and shadows dance across the blossoms of a pear tree ...
And a bee drinks in the nectar of life, just as we can.
A flower opens its bloom, revealing a center as bright as the sun.
Even the darkest shadows - like on Good Friday - can reflect beauty in the right light.
Project Alicia, at Live and Love Outloud and at Bumbles and Light. Today's theme is Sunshine/Light.
I'm also linked to Hear It on Sunday, Use It on Monday at Michelle's Graceful: Faith in the Everyday.