Sunshine in Your Heart

It was gray and rainy this morning where I live. We had to duck and cover as we sprinted from the parked car to the church doors. Partway through the church service, we sang:

“You can live a happy life, In this world of toil and strife, If there’s sunshine in your heart; And your soul will glow with love From the perfect Light above, if there’s sunshine in your heart today.”

If you’ve been online or near any social media platforms in the past few weeks, you will have seen pictures of beautiful blossoms and bright colorful flowers, as people herald the much anticipated arrival of Spring. For many, the Spring season means emerging from the long dark winter, into a season of warmer temperatures and extended daylight. In the same way that our spirits can be lifted at the prospect of flowers and sunshine, I felt that same “lift”as I sat in church today; emerging from the rain, from six long days of work, school, and life, into the tranquil peace of a church service where singing You Can Make the Pathway Bright with 150 other imperfect humans became a few moments of enlightenment and understanding.

We can find that much hoped-for feeling of Spring and enlightenment and happiness by allowing sunshine into our hearts. We CAN make our pathways bright.

“You can do a kindly deed, To your neighbor in his need, If there’s sunshine in your heart; And his burden you will share As you lift his load of care, If there’s sunshine in your heart today.”

In the Book of Mormon, [Mosiah 2:41] King Benjamin taught his people about true happiness.

“And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.”

The Spirit unexpectedly helped me recognize joy as I sang a hymn today. There was rain outside, and there was sunshine in my heart.

When have you been enlightened by the Spirit?  When have you felt Sunshine in your heart?


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Jenny Whitcomb is from Massachusetts. She loves to read, hike and make new friends. Ice cream is her dessert of choice and she has been teaching early morning seminary from her living room for a veeerrrryyy long time. That probably qualifies for a celestial fast pass, right?

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  • Catania
    May 10, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Thanks for sharing your experience. The spirit used that hymn to sing joy to my soul once – a little over 11 years ago.

    I was trying to make a big decision about marriage. It would be my second marriage – and I had two girls, so I was trying to be as careful as possible. I had felt peace, but I wanted a bigger “sign” or signal from God that it was the right thing to do.

    I went to the temple (Washington, D.C.), and it was early April. I didn’t have a sign. I walked out of the temple, and realized I was humming the song, “You can make the pathway bright, fill the soul with heaven’s light, if there’s sunshine in your heart; turning darkness into day, as the shadows fly away, if there’s sunshine in your heart today.”

    That’s when the spirit kind of pointed out the obvious: what better “sign” is sunshine in your heart? Than peace? I had my answer that I needed – and I had it all along – peace.

    That was a little over eleven years ago. We were married, and I still feel the same way about my marriage and life. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    I’m so grateful for the music and hymns – they always help me feel the Spirit.