Rise and Shine! Someone in our lives, likely our mothers, at least once startled us into consciousnesses with that command. Let us de-construct that injunction. Rise – to go from a position of rest or recline to a standing position. To stand for something is to take a position of faith or belief. To make a stand is to witness in the face of injustice or oppression. To claim that one won’t stand for something is to commit to making change. Shine: to illuminate with radiance. To emanate energy. To buff a dull luster into a higher gloss. Our eternal mothers call us to Rise and Shine, startling us in consciousness and awareness that the power lies within. May we today Rise to the challenges that we encounter, and Shine with the radiance of inner beauty, stoked in the crucible of our divine inner-being. For answering the call each and every day, we give thanks. Blessed Be, and Amen.