Above the Clouds

[Written Especially for Young People]

Sometimes when the sun is shining brightly, there may be clouds in the sky, here and there, and we may not be aware that they are rendering the sunlight less clear and brilliant. It is possible for little groups of clouds to dim the sunlight in such small measure as to be unnoticed by those who stand beneath them.

An illustration may be found in the following incident. In a trip by airplane the writer observed a peculiar difference in these varying degrees of light. For some distance the plane traveled above clouds that were hanging apparently quite low, like a huge canopy, over the earth's surface. Here and there, however, were great openings in the clouds, which made it possible for those in the plane to see distinctly the surface of the earth below. Now, it is possible that those who were at that moment standing far below were not aware that the clouds partially dimmed, for them, the brightness of the sunshine. Yet to the observers from the windows of the airplane this was quite apparent.

I Thank Thee, Tender Shepherd
February 13, 1937

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