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The Days Are Getting Shorter

Once we pass June 21, our days start to get shorter and shorter. I have stood on a balcony in the far north and watched the sun dip down to the horizon and then come right back up moments later. It never did get dark that day and I was truly amazed. There is a downside to this however, in the winter, it gets super dark for a very long time. It is hard to stay super positive when you are lacking enough light to keep the Vitamin D levels up. You see Vitamin D is critical in helping the body to absorb and retain both calcium and phosphorus, both essential for building strong bones.

Also, laboratory studies show that vitamin D can reduce cancer cell growth, help control infections and reduce inflammation. Many of the body’s organs and tissues have receptors for vitamin D, which suggest important roles beyond bone health, and scientists are actively investigating other possible functions…Vitamin D production in the skin is the primary natural source of vitamin D, but many people have insufficient levels because they live in places where sunlight is limited in winter, or because they have limited sun exposure due to being inside much of the time. (Harvard TH Han

Vitamin D is the “sunshine vitamin” and without it, we would not have the vital foundation required to do the amazing things we want to accomplish.

As the world gets smaller and smaller through the instant communication network that is social media, conspiracy theories, cancel culture, public shaming and negativity seems to rule the web and many conversations, on a daily basis. No wonder depression and mental disorders are so prevalent in our culture because there is so much darkness in all aspects of our daily lives. The darkness that is out there is widespread because the world wants us all to focus on that instead of the Truth that is the Light.

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12 NLT

Why is this message so scary? Jesus did not come to the world to condemn but rather to save, to bring Light into the lives of all. It is a message of love and kindness, peace and joy. This is a message of caring for others and keeping the Light front and center. Even though the world wants for itself, Jesus came to chase out the darkness and conquer death for all. So, for a time, the lovers of the darkness have their time but, in the end, the Light will destroy the darkness and He will prevail. As Harvey Dent said in the Dark Knight “The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.” Jesus will return, be ready and be vigilant. When the time is right, He will come and chase away the darkness forever. Praise the Lord!

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