Welcome to the beginning of the last week of 31 Tricks to Scare the Grief Monster – Whew! It’s been an interesting ride. One I did not expect. Hopefully you enjoyed a week’s worth of Rommie tricks for working through grief.
Today’s word is
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14 – 16 (ESV)
Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines shine as:
- To emit rays of light
- To be bright by reflection of light
- To have a bright glowing appearance
How to emit rays of light?
Well you could douse yourself with glow-in-the-dark paint (NOT recommended).
Or you could be kind.
Let your light shine through random or not so random acts of kindness.
Being a widow means living on the outer edge of society so acts of kindness do not happen very often. I know from first-hand experience and have read about other widow’s experiences.
While they will not come your way very often, that should not stop you from shining your light to others. Be the example of kindness for others to emulate. Will it be tough? Yes, everything is tougher when grieving. But the more you do it, the easier it is to do.
Let you little light shine through acts of kindness not only to your fellow widows, but to anyone in need. Once you do, you will find that your little light, is not so little after all but shines big, bold and bright – perhaps as bright as the Star of Bethlehem.
Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She encourages widows and educates society about grief and life as a widow by sharing her widowhood adventures. A graduate of Kent State University with a degree in communications, she has used her skills in the banking, collections, outdoor products and social media industries. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer. You can see more of photography at OgleOhio.com, where she is running the series 31 Days of Autumn in Ohio – because running a 31 Day series on one blog is not enough insanity.