Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.” John 8:12 (The Message)
Light is a reality. Darkness is the absence of that reality. Light is a positive force. Darkness is not a force or a presence or a quantity of any kind. It appears only when light disappears. Light is not dependent upon darkness, but darkness is totally dependent upon light. John W. Sloat
I am not an expert on neurobiology, but it is an interest of mine. I have written in the past about the effects of light on our mood, and that connection seems to be corroborated by brain research regarding the release of dopamine and serotonin when we are exposed to sunlight. This time of year here in the northern hemisphere, that light is abundant and delightful. There is a wealth of sunshine as the days continue to get just a little longer. In a few days, we will be at the summer solstice when we max out on hours of daylight.
A morning walk in moderate to warm temperatures is good for both body and soul. I can just feel my mood elevate as the sun illuminates the world around me. I do believe that light is used in the Bible as the healing and saving metaphor. No coincidence there. I think that our desire for light is natural and healthy.
So, soak up the light while you can, and enjoy the benefits of living in the light!
Prayer: What a gift we have in light of all types, Amen