January 7, 2014, a massive solar flare occurred. Classified as an X-class, this size of a flare can pose risks to the 6 astronauts currently living on the International Space Station.
The sun storm has been estimated to be as wide as seven Earths. My first thought (sort of selfish) after hearing about the flares was, Oh good, maybe the weather outside will warm above the minus 4 that it is now.
Fortunately, my thoughts can improve past the selfish. I’m reminded of an idea attributed to Christ Jesus, “You are the light of the world.” (Matt 5:14)
When I come across unselfish people, they truly are a light in the world. They aren’t thinking of themselves, but have a more inclusive view. Other people are important, just like those astronauts, who can be included in a prayer of safety.