Thursday, July 22, 2021

Lightning Bugs

 


When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” ~John 8:12


Lightning bugs emerge

As day concedes to night

Twilight emissaries

Turn the dark to light

Hope is signaled

Promise in a blink

In longing eyes

Becomes God's wink

Amen

28 comments:

  1. Comforting Bible verse and your poem.

    I've never seen lightning bugs. Perhaps here in the UK it is so damp their batteries short-circuit or cut out.

    Best wishes to you and yours, Martha. God bless always.

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    1. Maybe there aren't any lightning bugs, or fireflies, in GB, Victor. Glad you enjoyed both the verse and the poem.
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Oh, I love this. We don't see many lightning bugs here in Florida either. You have to be looking at just the right time in just the right place, and it is rare that it happens, but I always celebrate when they do come out! I love your poem. I hope you are doing well. Been thinking about you. (((hugs)))

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    1. Here in GA, we see them so frequently, Pamela, I never think about them not being in other parts of the country. They are my favorites in the summer!
      Thanks for your thoughts and prayers, my friend. We're all doing as well as can be expected.
      Love and blessings!

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  3. "God's wink" is a wonderful metaphor. We don't get a lot of them around our house, but right now they're at their height.

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    1. Oh, Glynn, enjoy them while you can. I'm so glad you liked the metaphor I used - poem was written at my Mom's place as we looked out on her wonderful lawn.
      Love and blessings!

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  4. "Twilight emissaries" -- I love that!
    Just a bit ago while deciding what to wear, I chose the shirt our church had made with this on the back: "Be the light." 💜

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    1. "Be the light." What could be better, Myra? These little creatures certainly offered me hope and comfort weeks ago while we were trying our best to take care of Mom. Reminded me that Jesus is with us always.
      Love and blessings!

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  5. Dearest Martha Jane,
    Yes, we have lots of them here when evening comes.
    Like shooting stars they show up all over.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Like shooting stars . . . I love that analogy, Mariette! The lightning bugs are blessings, that's for sure.
      Love and blessings!

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  6. Love the poem and verse. Hugs and blessings.

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    1. I'm so glad the poem and verse spoke to your heart, Nells. That's always my hope when I write poetry.
      Love and blessings!

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  7. I remember the joy of placing these little critters in a mason jar and placing them in my room as a little boy. I remember the joy of seeing them again as a now old man when we first moved to Texas (aka "God's Country") and got away from all the bright city lights, etc. Is there anything better than fireflies and billions of stars with no artificial light around?

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    1. Amen, J. D., there is nothing better than fireflies and the wide open heavens filled with stars! I remember catching these wondrous creatures myself, and those are magical memories. I'll never forget when granddaughter, Virginia, wanted to go outside with me to catch lightning bugs, but then decided to let them go almost immediately afterward. How can any Gammie not be proud of that heart!
      Love and blessings!

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  8. We lived in Florida for 40 years and never saw a firefly in all those years. Now that we're back in the Midwest where we began, nearly every night I spend a few moments on the deck watching the fireflies glimmer in the foliage--clear up to the treetops. I never tire of the spectacle. You've given me new reasons to enjoy the display, Martha--seeing them as signs of hope, promise, and God winks! I'll think of you, too, blogger-friend!

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    1. Oh, Nancy, how humbled I am that you will be thinking of me when you witness fireflies. What a gentle perspective they give us about how God is looking out for us. His presence is ever in nature if we pause to observe. Never tire of the show!
      Love and blessings!

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  9. I had a friend who had to take her children to our Botanical Gardens to walk the Firefly Trail since they don't have lightning bugs in their own neighborhood. That made me sad to hear but glad they sought out the opportunity to find them where they could. :)

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    1. Oh, that is sad, Lisa, but at least she took the initiative to make sure her children got to revel in this spectacle. I'm sure living in Alabama, you have the privilege of witnessing these marvelous creatures' display.
      Love and blessings!

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  10. I love that image of a lightening bug being God's blink. Beautiful. We don't have lightening bugs here in Florida. I miss them! xo

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    1. Terri, I found the lightning bugs so comforting while we were staying at Mom's house and we could enjoy their show in her yard. God will wink/blink at us in so many ways. We just have to keep our eyes open.
      Love and blessings!

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  11. Right now is the prime time for us to see fireflies in East Tennessee. I have fond memories from childhood, with my kids when they were little, now with the grands.

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    1. I have fond memories of doing the same, Karen.
      Love and blessings!

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