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February 1, 2023

“You turned my lament into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, so that I can sing to you and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.” – Psalm 30:11-12

Here in Pueblo, we have had a long stretch of sub-freezing temperatures, along with overcast skies and snow flurries. I know this is pretty normal for many parts of the country, but not for us. One of the things I like about where I live is the fact that we very seldom go more than a day without bright sunshine. After several days of gloomy weather, my kids and I were driving to the library on Monday and the sun finally poked out of the clouds. We all cheered in the car, “Yay! There’s the sun!” It was only around for a little while and then it disappeared until the next day. That little bit of sunshine, however, was enough to get us through the night and keep us looking forward to the sunny days to come.

Some of you may be going through some dark times today. I want to encourage you to look for the light. God is there and working, even in your most difficult situations. We read all throughout Scripture how God takes the seemingly hopeless situations and uses them for good. The pinnacle of this truth is the Cross of Jesus Christ. His punishment brought us peace; by his wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). So whatever dark clouds may be hanging over you today, continue to look for the sunshine. Sorrow may last for the night, but joy always comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5)!

Heavenly Father and almighty God, we pray that You will always give us glimpses of Your beautiful plan in the midst of our difficult times. Show us Your work in the middle of the darkest days. Shine Your light in our lives.

In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Shane Cannon

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