I Need the Light—More Light, Better Relationships

I used to be a morning person.

I’m not so sure anymore.

I still wake up early. But I don’t like getting up early, especially when the sun rises later and later as we move toward Dec 21, the shortest day of the year.

I need the light.

I have a morning routine once I’m up. I open all the blinds in the bedroom. Then I open the blinds in the office area, I open the blinds in the dining room, and I open up the front door.

I want all the sunshine I can get coming in.

I need the light.

I’m reading and memorizing these sayings from the apostle John this week:

“This is the life we have seen and heard. We are reporting about it to you also so that you, too, can have a relationship with us. Our relationship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
We are writing this so that we can be completely filled with joy.”
1 John 1:3-4

The more light streaming into my life—the stronger my bond with the Father and Son—the more I see Christ in you. The more I can give you the benefit of the doubt. The more I can learn from you. The more I can love you.

And loving you brings me joy. And even more light.

I need the light.


Bright light also shows us each other’s imperfections. But even then, it’s helpful to see what’s real. We can help each other heal.

How do you let in the sunshine each day?

Share your thoughts in the comments.

7 thoughts on “I Need the Light—More Light, Better Relationships

  1. blankTea With Jennifer

    I’m similar Lisa, I used to be an early riser. Now it’s a necessary chore lol!
    I too need lots of light. All the curtains & blinds are opened wide as soon as I get up.
    And His Light is always the brightest in my morning.
    Bless you,

  2. blankMaryleigh

    I’m not a keen early riser – but light from my windows is something my soul has always found peace from. I can handle a gloomy day. I love a rainy day. But I need that light from as many windows as I can get. Otherwise, I feel boxed in and agitated. You are so right, though! His light is the brightest, best source for peace and comfort!

  3. blankLynn

    “Bright light also shows us each other’s imperfections. But even then, it’s helpful to see what’s real. We can help each other heal.” I love this, Lisa. It is so true. The light brings truth and healing for all.

  4. blankDavid

    Yes! Sunlight and fresh air — open all the windows. I love the feeling of an early start, it’s a celebration in itself, and a slow yoga session calms and firms it. Then I am in a fit state to welcome my wife to the day when she emerges 😀

    I used to be a night owl – I still like the late nights but mornings are my favourite. Out in the city too (on foot) early rush hour — that is kind of secular but very much sharing the light (iPhone predictive text wanted me to say “love” there).

    Your writing on 1 John 1 is really beautiful, Lisa!

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