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As Light Springs Forth
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Dawn breaks! The horizon is illuminated in pinks, golds, reds, and oranges, as a single drop of dew begins to twinkle. She built up during the night mists, forming on her host, a beautiful red rose bud.

Just as her master, the sun, breaks over the distant mountains, Miss Dewdrop begins to glitter and glow, knowing she must return to the Giver of light. She scintillates with glee as her body becomes inundated with warmth. Her phosphoresce state remains as the sun moves behind a tall cedar tree.

As her master returns from behind the cedar, she begins to twinkle and glisten even brighter. The gleaming of her coruscate state attracts several bees to her host, the red rose. Part of her becomes a drink of refreshment to one of the bees. He drinks his fill of nectar and moisture then moves on to his next object of concern.

Do you ever remember walking to a destination on a cold, clear winter-like morning? I am sure you have noticed the beautiful drops of dew on the grass or leaves of nearby plants. In warm summer or rainy seasons dew does not form. Dew forms when a warm, clear day is followed by a cool, cloudless evening and night. On a clear day, water evaporates off the warm ground into the atmosphere. When night falls, warmth from the ground is radiated into the skies. As the ground becomes cooler, water vapor condenses. This vapor condensing is called dew. On a cloudy night the clouds send the heat back to the ground but the ground never gets cold enough for dew to form. As nights grow colder, dew becomes frost!

We sometimes experience cloudy days and cloudy nights. We become dry as no dew is formed to expel the arid condition. As soon as the right conditions arise, we once again notice that the dryness has been chased away. The gloomy state we were in becomes one of happiness and we begin to glisten, radiating our glow to those around us. My mother used to have a saying, “Frankie, honey draws more flies than vinegar!” This has rung within my heart many times through the years as I have faced trials and tribulations. We all have faced dewless times when we thought that nothing would ever go right again.

When light appears, we begin to twinkle. As we glitter, others needing our life-sustaining energy are attracted to us. They feed upon all that we are. We also know that sometime in the future we must return to the Giver of Light. This makes us very happy indeed and we glow even brighter with this knowledge. Keep glowing, Miss Dewdrop, just as long as you are needed in this realm. Soon you must return to the One who allowed you to be here in the first place!