The weatherman was wrong!!! It’s beautiful outside. Thank You, God. I need a little sunshine after yesterday. Panic settled in yesterday afternoon. I felt every symptom on the covid19 list. Then miraculously after an hour nap, I was cured. Or just no longer delirious.

Light, we need it in our lives, literally and figuratively. So many verses in scripture talk about light, not living in darkness. In my chronological study of scripture, over the last year and a half ( Yes, it’s taken me that long, and I’m still only in Kings and Chronicles. But I did get through Psalms and Proverbs already. ) We see the descendants of David unable to remove themselves out of the darkness. Solomon, who had all the wisdom in the world, still ended up in darkness in his elder years. When I read Ecclesiastes, I wept. Solomon, the son of David, the richest man that ever lived, given the gift of all-knowing wisdom, wrote in his last years of his life about complete darkness. He writes, ” I soon discovered that God has dealt a tragic existence to the human race. I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless – like chasing the wind. (Ecclesiastes 1: 13b-14) Dear Jesus, please let this poor soul see your light. But the sad part is, that he died without seeing God’s light again. He chose sin over light. And it affected his sons, grandsons, and great grandsons, that followed.

Interestingly, a recent study about covid just published this month finds hope in the light, literally. Gretchen Robin of the University Chicago Forefront publication wrote, “In a retrospective study of patients tested for COVID-19, researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine found an association between vitamin D deficiency and the likelihood of becoming infected with the coronavirus. The research team looked at 489 UChicago Medicine patients whose vitamin D level was measured within a year before being tested for COVID-19. Patients who had vitamin D deficiency (< 20ng/ml) that was not treated were almost twice as likely to test positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus compared to patients who had sufficient levels of the vitamin. ” ( Rubin, 2020)

Wow, there is hope in the light. Personally, I spend a lot of time outdoors, sitting outside writing, of course walking the dogs, paddle boarding on the James River with my spouse, or anything I can do indoors, I like to bring outdoors. The sun is one of the best sources of vitamin D for the human body. Just 20 minutes a day, is all the body needs to start making Vitamin D. No suncreen. After having breast cancer several years ago, another illness that is affected by the positive aspects of Vitamin D, I try to keep my levels above 40 ng/ml, which means also taking a supplement. So get outside. Enjoy the light!!!

I do not have a song to share today. The darkness yesterday left a void in the artistic inspiration part of my brain. I have hope for today though. Today is September 11th. A very sad day for many in this country. My husband’s bible study friend’s daughter died in the tower that day. He was just on the phone with him this morning. So sad. However, my dear favorite music teacher, Ms. Lynnelle Ediger- Kordzaia, of Greenspring Academy of Music, birthday is today, on September 11th. We have been asked to go out and “honk” for her birthday from our cars in a parade this morning. That sounds like a great quarantine activity!! And a great activity to bring a little light into someone’s life.