All of us at Time of Grace are very proud to launch our newest major market—Phoenix, Arizona. We begin on the CBS station, KPHO Channel 5, on February 8.
I was privileged to be in Phoenix last week to help promote our presence there. Like all half-frozen Northerners, I just stood out in the sun at first and felt its healing rays start to thaw my stiff carcass. There’s Vitamin D in sunlight, right? I know I felt physically better after a few days there.
A lot of people feel emotionally better when they experience a lot of direct sunlight. The farther north you live, the more likely you are to suffer from SAD, sunlight affective disorder. I believe it. The long dark night of northern winter does encourage depression in some people. One member of my congregation used to use special sun lamps in her apartment to make up for the pale winter light.
It strikes me that people also get depressed and hopeless if they don’t live in adequate Sonlight. What a difference it makes when you know you are loved unconditionally. What a relief to know that you don’t have to drag around the guilt of your past any more. What a difference it makes when you know you have a helper in life who won’t abandon you. What a thrill to know that he thinks you’re worth dying for. What an honor that he has a real purpose for your life that goes beyond just self-indulgence.
It’s fun to live in the Son. And the sun.
Straight talk. Real hope.