Ever heard the song "Brighten the Corner Where You Are"? It's an old one and I don't think I've sung it but once. Mostly, I remember the little girl in "Meet me in St. Louis" singing the refrain over and over. That's one of my favorite movies. Anyway, I love the sentiments of the song. Go look up the lyrics and see if you agree.
Another song I love, one that I used to sing growing up, is "A Sunbeam." It's super simple. "A sunbeam, a sunbeam. Jesus wants me for a sunbeam. A sunbeam, a sunbeam. I'll be a sunbeam for Him."
What's got me thinking about all these sunshiny songs lately? Hugs. Does that make sense to you? Hopefully, by the end of this post, it will.
We have the best neighbors. Seriously. In the last six months, they've sort of become another set of grandparents for our children, are always good for a chat over the fence, share garden goodies and sewing stories and funny anecdotes. It's always a pleasure to be outside the same time they are.
They had gone away for a few days and we were catching up some last week. As I was getting ready to take the kids back to our yard, I just reached over and hugged her. It was automatic, though it dawned on me later that I had never done before. But you guys, I am such a hugger.
Growing up a preacher's daughter, I didn't really fit in with the other kids in the congregation most of the time. However, I could always find some older ladies who loved to chat a few moments before or after services, and very much enjoyed getting a hug. At some places, I even added some older gentlemen, too. My senior year of high school, one referred to me as "sunshine."
Since then, I have tried to make it more of an intentional thing. If all it takes to brighten someone's day is a short chat and a hug, what's stopping us? I even get my kids involved. Don't you know that everyone loves that?
So, can you sing "I'll be a sunbeam for Him?" How are you brightening your corner? I'd love to hear!
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