Sunlight Through Glass
This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Writer F. W. Boreham told of taking lodgings in the home of Old Bessie, the widow of a local pastor. One morning he noticed some words etched into one of the windows: “This is the day!” At breakfast he asked Bessie about it.
“I have had a lot of trouble in my time,” she explained. “Each morning when I woke up I felt as though I had the weight of the world upon me. Then one day when I was very upset about things, I sat down and read … the 118th Psalm. When I came to the 24th verse, I stopped. … It flashed upon me like a burst of sunshine on a gloomy day.” With a glass-cutting tool from the kitchen, Bessie etched the words on the windowpane — This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
“There!” she thought. “Now I shall see that little bit of Bible there every morning when I draw up the blind.”1
Even biblical characters as courageous as Joshua needed to learn to keep a good attitude despite circumstances. So did Old Bessie. So do we! Today rejoice! Be glad in Him.
If the church is to impress the world with the deathless hope of the everlasting Gospel, she must be animated by that hope herself.
F. W. Boreham
1F. W. Boreham, Shadows on the Wall (New York: Abingdon Press, 1922), 68-70.