I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror yesterday and was struck by my ashen complexion.  It may have been the brightly lit room, the color of my sweater, the graying of my hair,  my recent lack of sleep, or a conspiracy involving all of these factors.  Most likely, however, my paleness was due to the fact that we are only a few weeks removed from the winter solstice and several months away from the onset of summer.  This typical, seasonal washing out of my skin has removed all traces of last summer’s tan.  It is not unusual each winter for at least a few people to inquire about my health.  “Are you okay?  You don’t look like you feel very well.”  “Oh, it’s nothing serious,” I reply, “just January!”

My reflection in the mirror evoked the title of Procol Harum’s classic hit, “A Whiter Shade of Pale.”  I could hear the haunting Hammond organ melody of the song, along with Gary Brooker’s soulful vocals, playing in my head.  As I hummed along, I thought, “I really need some sun.”  It will still be quite some time though before I’m doing weekly lawn work, jogging in the afternoon heat, and enjoying a periodic round of golf.  This is just going to be my color for a while.

It is extremely evident when someone has been in the sun.  Even in these days of heightened awareness about the dangers of overexposure to the “greater light’s” rays and the increased use of protective sunscreen, it is still quite common to hear someone say, “Wow!  You’ve really gotten some sun.”

Regular exposure to “the Son” should have a similar effect on our spirit and produce observable evidence of our proximity to the Savior.  He is indeed the true Light of the world who gives light to everyone (John 1:1-9).

“I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life,” (John 8:12).

“…but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light, for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth,” (Ephesians 5:8-9).

The effect of exposure to His Divine Light should cause people to “recognize that we have been with Jesus,” (Acts 4:13).

I indicated in my last post that I want to focus on gaining spiritual weight.  In the same way, I need to work on my “spiritual tan” by “walking in the Light,” (I John 1:7).

Yesterday’s trip down a musical memory lane led me to several online performances of “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” including this impressive instrumental version below by an incredibly talented young guitarist from South Korea, Sungha Jung.  If you enjoy Jung’s artistry, you can visit his official website.