I'm not a big journaler, but one year when clouds around me were especially dark I kept a ‘thankfulness journal.' It was a little ruled notebook I left by my bed where, every night, I wrote one thing I was thankful for. Some days I was hard-pressed to think of anything better than "At least I'm not homeless." But as time went on I could look back at previous entries and see God's light shining through even the stormiest of days.

At some point, we're bound to experience dark and stormy nights of the soul. Even Jesus wasn't immune to them; the Garden of Gethsemane is a case in point. So why should we expect anything different? "In this world you will have trouble," Jesus warns in John 16:33. "But," he continues, "take heart! I have overcome the world."

Take heart, indeed! Keep enough "Light" in your life and you'll have a song in your heart—even if you're singing in the rain.

1American Academy of Family Physicians. 2008. Seasonal Affective Disorder. Available from http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/common/mentalhealth/depression/267.printerview.html. Accessed 24 October 09.  

2Mayo Clinic Staff. 2009. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Available from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/seasonal-affective-disorder/DS00195. Accessed 24 October 09.

4American Academy of Family Physicians.

Susan Ellingburg is a natural-born Texan who sings at every opportunity, reads as much as possible, and cherishes every day she gets to spend with friends.  She's a serious foodie and not-so-serious gardener who is determined not to let being single stand in the way of living an amazing life.  Read Susan's blog at TastingGod.wordpress.com.