May 19 - May Ray Day
Do you know anyone named Ray? It's not a very common name but today was named after a guy named Ray, but the emphasis of today was to get out and enjoy the sun's rays. May is still considered spring, but for many of us, it is the month that starts to feel like summer (except for the occasional early May snow storm that Minnesota can get). Spending time in the sunshine feels so good, and it is good for us. The vitamin D that we get from the sun helps strengthen our bones, supports our lung function, regulates our natural insulin, and supports our immune, brain, and nervous system health. And I think that people smile more when they are in the sunshine. That's a long list of very important benefits from sunshine. (Of course, too much sun can burn our skin if we are not properly protected.)
As our earth rotates around the sun, we use the sun to set our calendar and our seasons. The sun is what gives our planet Earth light, heat, and energy. It holds our whole solar system together. It is a powerful center of attention and it is hard to imagine anything that is more powerful than the sun. I can only think of one power that is stronger than the Sun and that is the God who created the sun. With God just speaking the words, "Let there be light" the sun was created. God didn't have to struggle and work hard to create this enormous, powerful mass of energy and light -- He just used his words to create it. Wow. Just wow!
I know I'm going to spend some time in the rays of the sun today. I will close my eyes and just enjoy the warmth and I will thank God for His power in the universe, and in my life. Thanks, Ray, for this special day to celebrate the creator of all rays!
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Writen by Sue Van Hal, Children's Church Leader