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Sunshine In My Soul Today!

Poetry is the heart of literature. A story is fine, a poem reaches the soul quickly eliciting raw emotion, and a Poem that is story Rules!

Via John Hansen, a writer on the Hubpage platform like myself, I came upon a writing opportunity by Brenda Arledge that honestly, Lured in by the word "Sunshine," the prompt for poetry writing I lend my light and love. Having been out of the literary world for months due to medical conditions, blindness being the least of them, opening my eyes to "Sunshine" brought a hymn to mind that brightens my day. Now I see again! Now the sun shines on my face and I see it clearly. Here is the hymn.:

There Is Sunshine In My Soul Today!

The following is the hymn, and the poem "Sunshine" inspire me to write. Many thanks to John and Brenda to bring the "Sunshine" into my life with this writing prompt.


There Is Sunshine In My Soul Today!

Sol Star Hymn

Because there are several verses to this hymn, I will focus on the first verse and the chorus: however, the entire hymn is worth attention. The first verse directly relates to the writing prompt Brenda issued because it has the word "Sunshine" in it.. The lyrics of this hymn bring happiness to my heart each time I think of it and sing it. It literally seems to bring the light of the Helios Star, the sun, into my soul!

The first verse of There Is Sunshine In My Soul Today, text by Eliza E. Hewitt, 1851–1920, and original music by John R. Sweney, 1837–1899.

There is sunshine in my soul today,

More glorious and bright

Than glows in any earthly sky,

For Jesus is my light.

Oh, there’s sunshine, blessed sunshine

When the peaceful happy moments roll.

When Jesus shows his smiling face,

There is sunshine in the soul.

There Is Sunshine In My Soul Today!

Sunshine Day

The words bring brightness to my dull ears and richness to my soul.
The hymning disappears my fears; its sentiment kills the dull.
Sunshine in my soul today burst forth; renew my hurting heart.
Jubilant voice, my Gosh, escapes with every sentence I start!

Oh blessed sunshine of my soul, keep me right and make me whole..
Illuminate my darkest night with the shining of your light.
Refresh my weary aching mind with your warming glow divine.
Heaven rest within my spirit each time this song, I hear it!

Pandemic of COVID-19 prohibits a full embrace;
Dolting about, shadowed coverings decorating our face.
Descending rays of light like angels appear from the bright star.
Revelation! The sun shines above the brightest star by far

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There Is Sunshine In My Soul Today!

When the hymn leaves my lips and the music for it graces my ears, sheer joy envelopes me. Feelings pulse through my soul as I think about the many types of sunshine that fill my life with joy. Some of them make perfect sense, while others shine only from emotional and spiritual realms. The following poem is a free-flowing arrangement about the meaning of sunshine.

Types of Sunshine

There is the sunshine of the physical star we orbit that warms our skin and strains our eyes.

There is the Son-shine of our religious faiths that warms our hearts and strains our doubts away.

There is the sunshine of my two decades of marriage that warms my life and strains Time for more years.

There is the son-shine owed to my mother who warmed my body and strained me into the world.

There is the son-shine I welcomed who warm my hands three times and strained my wife to live in the world.

There is the sunshine I welcomed who warmed my hands four times and strained my wife as daughters to enter life.

There is the sunshine of those who read my words warming my soul and straining my mind to put forth better content.

My sunshine is anything that brings me joy and happiness in life, from the star in the sky some call Sol, to the cookie bite in my mouth!.


Poetry is not my passion; nevertheless, it speaks to me when I read the passion of the writer. Truly any person can fathom the feelings of another through the medium of poetry. I believe so.

Let the sunshine of love and joy fill your heart and know that you are not alone in the world. Let there be sunshine in your soul today. Let that light be more glorious and bright than in any earthly sky. That light for me comes through my faith in and following of commandments of Jesus Christ, which are to love God and love my neighbor as myself.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Rodric Anthony Johnson


Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on June 02, 2021:

It is a high honor coming from you, Bill that I can write something that gladdens the heart. Even if I only prowl around comment on articles, I will try to be active here in the community. I feel the power of our connections.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on June 02, 2021:

Pamela, that is one hymn I enjoy because the feelings of sunshine seem to manifest in my heart and lift me. I appreciate the assessment of my poetry. I happy, happy you like them. I love the straight congregational version of the hymn. The Tabernacle choir did a great job, but the hymn brings with it nostalgia from my youth when I first started going to church.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on June 02, 2021:

Thanks so much for accenting my poems with your explanation. I learned something about my own writing from you!. The word prompt touched my soul in a way that that hymn always does and inspired me to reach out. I needed you to write my own words back to me because I am going dim in the eyes again. I am struggling to write, but you posting the last part:

"Let the sunshine of love and joy fill your heart and know that you are not alone in the world"

let me know it is true. Thank you, Brenda.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on June 02, 2021:

Thanks, John. My sight is still in question but I can see enough to put some words together. I am glad that I read your poem. It was the first piece of writing I saw when I was able to see.

VIDYA D SAGAR on May 29, 2021:

Wonderful response to Brenda's word prompt. True there are different types of sunshine, just like the warmth of the sun on our skin, in the love of our parents, when we find a true companion, when we welcome our children, and grandchildren in this world, the company of good people and most of all there is sunshine in anything that brings us joy and happiness in our lives. Thanks for sharing, stay blessed.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 29, 2021:

I am uplifted, and for that I thank you! It's so good to see you back among us. You have friends here. You are respected here. Don't be a stranger for so long, my friend.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 29, 2021:

I enjoyed everything you wrote in this article, Rodric. It is a wonderful response to Brenda's prompt. I listed to the beautiful hymn also. I liked your poem as well.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 28, 2021:


I'm so delighted to you are writing again. I pray your health is improving.

I am delighted to hear John Hansen helped you discover this word prompt.

This hymn, There Is Sunshine In My Soul Today, text by Eliza E. Hewitt, 1851–1920, and original music by John R. Sweney, 1837–1899 is quite amazing.

I like the words Jesus is the light & there is sunshine in my soul.

There are indeed many types of sunshine that fill our lives with joy.

This hymn seems to be uplifting, showing us that joy.

In your poem, "Types

of Sunshine" you share moments of your life expressing the sunshine & joy within each one.

The sun itself warms our hearts, but so does everything else in our lives.

Like our children, marriages, those unique moments we share, our mothers and others whom we touch.

I do agree that we feel a bit of sunshine & warmth when others read our work.

I love this:

My sunshine is anything that brings me joy and happiness in life, ....

To the cookie bite in my mouth!

You tell us that poetry speaks to you when you read it through the eyes of the writer.

I honestly believe poetry connects us together.

This last part is something I hope touches many across the world.

"Let the sunshine of love and joy fill your heart and know that you are not alone in the world"

This is a wonderful contribution to this word prompt.

Excellent job!

May sunshine keep touching your life.

I will post a link in the word prompt article probably tomorrow.

Hubpages is doing maintenance right now, so I cannot edit my article.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2021:

Hi Rodric, what a worthy response to Brenda's prompt. Your poetry had feeling, and what a lovely hymn you shared. I am so glad my poem led you to the challenge. I hope your health and sight are improving. It is good to have you back writing at HubPages.

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