In early morning the row of trees along the lake stood in their habitual greenery. Unexpectedly the sun shone a spotlight on a small section of trees, illuminating the foliage in bright splendor. As the sun rose higher in the sky – my apologies to all you scientists who know better — a longer line of trees was touched by the sun’s rays. Eventually the whole lakeside greenery became lustrous. Gloomy to gleaming, shadowy to shimmering took a matter of minutes. If only the day’s bad news, our own faults, and the dark side of life could be so easily transformed. Perhaps it can, for Psalm 139 tells us that when God rests his hand upon us, our darkness shines like the day. O God, shine upon us. Make us glitter with your radiance.