A single sunbeam

While I was measuring a tree trunk in the backyard last week (I know, it’s a long story for another day), I looked down the side of the house and noticed St. Francis peacefully standing there mixed in filtered sunbeams.  The view stopped my in my hurried tracks long enough to take a deep breath and snap this picture, of course.  We’ve had this little statue in our backyard since we lived in our first house in Dallas.  I honestly don’t remember the history of how we came to adopt him (maybe it was a wedding day prank?), nonetheless, he’s still with us.  I assume he’ll move with us and be with us to the end.

It’s not ironic that his teachings were messages of light, hope, love and compassion for all. 

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” 

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” 

“The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today” 

― Francis of Assisi

With messages like these, it’s no wonder the light still found him in the shadows of the side of the house.  

When it seems like life is moving at the speed of light, it’s easy to forget that even the little things you do matter.  Your positive perspective, your words of encouragement, your small act of kindness and your tight grip on hope, they are the light someone needs today.  Someone in your life is feeling the darkness of the shadows, be their candle.

Be their single sunbeam.  

One day they will be yours.

We belong to each other.  

to more love,


P.S.  He left us this one too: “True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.” 

Don’t be discouraged if no one seems to notice your light.  It is still shining.  And it matters.

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