The saying “It’s always darkest before the dawn” originated with prolific English writer Thomas Fuller in 1650.  Those were dark days then.  There have been dark days since then.  Many feel that there are dark days now.

Before closing the blinds recently, a wondrous silver beam of light shone brightly in the sky and through the patio door.  It was magical, and oh, so welcome in an unexpected way.  It seemed to bring hope.  In spite of concern (of war possibilities, ongoing governmental shut-down, unspeakable horrors happening to human beings of all ages, racism, anti-semitism), that beam-of-light-through-the-blinds brought hope that there will be a tomorrow.

When the mind replays troubling words (from a world leader, other political leaders, medical specialists, financial advisors, unhealthy relationships, employers), the moon is shining.  Somewhere.  When clouds began to form, the moon seemingly becomes hidden, its light diminishes and seems lost (not too dissimilar to those times when it can feel as if our light has gone out and when clouds of fear, isolation, loneliness, sadness, grief, self-doubt, anger begin to form within us), but we are still here.

Scientists tell us that the moon has existed for more than four billion years, shining and giving hope to countless generations. Why then, would we think that the moon will stop shining now?  Similarly, why would we think that the clouds of fear etc. being felt will never disappear?  Like the moon, (simply covered up, waiting for the time when whatever cloud is being experienced will pass), the light once again will shine forth, the clouds in our lives *will* pass in some way and the light *will* shine forth once again.  The wondrous silver beam of light shines brightly in the sky.  Somewhere … bringing light, and bringing hope that there will be a tomorrow.  Just “when” that tomorrow will come we don’t know.  But it *will* come.

Tomorrow came ‘then.’  Tomorrow has come ‘since then’. There *will* be a tomorrow. The words of Alicia Morton in the musical “Annie” say it well: The sun’ll come out – tomorrowBet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there’ll be sun!”  May we hold fast to the lesson from the past … there *will be* a tomorrow!

© June Maffin