Friday, June 28, 2019


Daily Gratitude Year 7-Day 178: Today, I am grateful for moonlight shining on water. 

Isn't water mesmerizing? At any time of day, water can soothe the soul. There is nothing like moonlight shining on the water to fill our hearts with a kiss of magic. It seems, anything can happen at that moment. 

I remember a scene from "The Little Mermaid" when they sang "Kiss The Girl". They are on the water with the wildlife cheering them on. Even if the prince misses the kiss, there is energy and a little magic in the moonlight. 

Gumusservi (gumusservi is pronounced goo-moo-SAIR-veeis the Turkish word for moonlight shining on water. Seriously, shouldn't every language have a word that is as romantic as gumusservi? 

I suppose there are times a reflection on the water can be a bit frightening, too. Remember the night that Jesus was grieving the beheading of his cousin, John the Baptist? It had been a long couple of days for him in ministry and the news of the execution of John. Jesus tooks some "wilderness" time sending his disciples out in a boat. When he was ready, he walked to them on the water. With the reflection in the moonlight, they thought he was a ghost. 

"About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water.When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”" -Matthew 14:25-26 

Mostly, moonlight shining on water reminds us that the sun is shining, even when we can't see or feel it. And despite the fact that it sometimes seems to shine very brightly, the moon reflects only between 3 and 12 percent of the sunlight that hits it. In the same way, the Son's light shines into our darkest days... even when we can't see or feel it's power, it is still very real. 

Today, I am grateful for moonlight shining on water. 

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