A RAY OF SUNSHINE
I had never seen a ray of sunshine walk before. Still, there it was walking into a local store ahead of me. As soon as this ray walked in too it lit up the whole room. The faces of everyone there brightened with joy. People who were staring down at the floor looked up with sparkling eyes. Mouths that were closed and frowning quickly opened with cheerful smiles. Voices that were quiet before suddenly spoke out with both laughter and kindness greeting this beam of light by name. Spirits that were feeling a little down were soon soaring skyward again. The entire store seemed happier all thanks to this walking ray of sunshine.
This ray of light is my oldest son. In the eyes of the world he is seen as mentally handicapped. In the eyes of Heaven, however, he is seen as so much more. His concern, caring, laughter, love, gentleness, and good cheer light up the lives of everyone he meets. His bright and beautiful spirit touches the hearts of so many every day. When it comes to the essential things in life he is far less handicapped than the rest of us. In the eyes of Heaven he is a shining angel on a divine mission to bring more love and more light into this world that needs it so much.
While my son happily goes about making this world a better place I do my best to follow his example. I do my best to love as simply, freely, enthusiastically, and unconditionally as he does. I do my best to brighten the days of others without any thought for myself. I do my best to live as a Child of God and a being of light each and every day here.
You too can be a ray of sunshine in this often cloudy world. You too can shine bright and light up the lives of so many others. Just fill yourself full of God’s love and light and then go out and share it with the world. It isn’t hard to do. In fact, it is the most joyous thing any of us can do. Live well, love others, and like my son you will make this world a little brighter today.