This is what I see most nights shining between our house and our neighbor's.
It's interesting that it shines under a dogwood tree, whose flowers are in the shape of a cross.
Jim said the cross is caused by the light and refraction in the window panes in the glass.
But Jim and I both know that God can use whatever He pleases to remind us that He is with us.
In the middle of the night, when all is quiet except the breathing of two of my loves, I stand before the window and look at the symbol that speaks of God's great love for me.
And it speaks of the great love that God has for my sweet neighbors.
I need Him. I need Him every minute of every single day. But there are times when my need is overwhelming, and I remember the cross that shines in the darkness.
I am thankful that my neighbors know the cross shines into their darkness too. They have no windows on the side of their house where the light and refraction and the window panes meet, but they know. They know, by faith, that God's Son's Cross shines over them every minute of everyday and every night.
My neighbors received news this week that has made the meaning of the Cross more precious than ever.
Many are sad because of the news, but many are also rejoicing because we know that His Light shines brightest in the darkness.
We are rejoicing together because we know the Son who gave His Life upon the Cross is our Hope and He is a Hope that will never fail.
"And this Hope will not lead to disappointment.
For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love."