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Saturday, February 18, 2012


I am so tired of brown—brown grass, brown trees, brown bushes—just brown. It’s not that I don’t like the color brown, but there are far more crayons in the box than brown!

I believe we get color deprived in the winter. That deprivation leads to depression or at least the blahs. Many people enjoy an afternoon at the mall during the cold, dark months. I believe they enjoy shopping because of the bright displays. All that color stimulates the brain and gives them a sense of well-being.

How can we bring color into our lives? If you speak to a child at church, the color of their eyes will paint a new swatch on your canvas. When you take food to those who can’t get out in bad weather, their smile will add the yellow of the sun on your painting. As you mentor someone who is out of work, their new job will brush a large swath of powder blue appreciation on your painting. You will get color in your life through the joy you bring others. Let us pray:

"Dear Father of beauty, light and color, amazing is your name. May rainbows of color dazzle our eyes and rain pearls of beauty all around us that we may gather them up and share them with others. We ask on this day in winter that you give us eyes to see past the brown and view the amazing masterpiece you can create with our love and service to others. Forgive us when we complain about the winter from inside warm homes, heated cars, and full bodies. May we share the brightness of your smile with others. By the power of your son, Jesus, we pray. Amen"

"God gives us stories that testify to His love. Let me tell you mine."
Copyright 2012 Doris Gaines Rapp

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