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I laughed at a joke. Several witty responses to friends’ Facebook posts popped unhindered into my mind. I’m hungry tonight…very hungry. Cramps don’t wrack my body in the same way. I forget for a little while the grief that has dominated my heart for days.

Despite the stormy forecast, I believe the sun may be peeking through the clouds.

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As a little girl, I was enchanted by Morning Glory flowers. Beautiful little violet buds would curl into themselves as darkness stole away the day. Tender petals would only slowly emerge as the warmth of sunny rays re-awakened their brilliant colors and smiling faces. Dawn claimed back what the night had stolen. The flowers opened to love another morning, another day, another audience of greenery.

I would like to be a Morning Glory.

May I live to love another morning, another day, another audience of expectations.

Reading a text message tonight, the words of one of my sweet sisters added another layer of balm to a scarring heart: “Honey, it’s okay to lose hope for now if that is what is less painful. I don’t know if you are eager to jump into this again, but please just take the time to process and be sad. I promise you that your passion and love will bring back your hope eventually.”

She’s telling me the story of the delicate Morning Glory. Every night, the wise little bloom curls tightly and protectively as darkness prowls. Every morning, it finds the courage to reopen and bask in the promise of a new day’s hope.

It understands the poetry of nature…the sun will always come out tomorrow.

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“And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it].” John 1:5

“I have come as a Light into the world, so that whoever believes in Me [whoever cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] may not continue to live in darkness.” John 12:46

“For God Who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts so as [to beam forth] the Light for the illumination of the knowledge of the majesty and glory of God [as it is manifest in the Person and is revealed] in the face of Jesus Christ (the Messiah).” II Corinthians 4:6

“For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we do not belong either to the night or to darkness.” I Thessalonians 5:5

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