It’s Never too Late

By Linda Porter of Wiarton, Ontario, Canada

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14–16

On a beautiful spring day, I discovered an old metal pail sitting upside down in a bed of lily of the valley.

When I turned the pail over I discovered underneath some pale, skinny, spindly plants searching for sunshine.

Over the next few days I watched the plants slowly become stronger, greener, and sturdier as they soaked up the much-needed light. Would they ever flower? Would they ever reach their potential, or had the light come too late?

I thought of the pail and how thoughtlessly it had been tossed by the fence last fall, no one aware of its impact on these struggling plants. How thoughtlessly, without realizing the barriers to the light our actions may cause.

Are there barriers you and I can remove to allow someone to come into the light of Christ? Is it too late to start, or can we still be a light of welcome in our community?

Is there someone today with whom you need to share the light of Christ?

Prayer for Peace:

God of light, may we be ever mindful of opportunities to share your radiance, warmth, and love. May we welcome all to your sanctuaries of peace.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Embodying God’s Shalom

Each day this week find a way to express and embody God’s shalom. Begin by prayerfully listening to your longing for peace. Become silent and imagine you can hear the groaning of Earth’s peoples, nations, and creatures. Prayerfully open yourself to God’s yearning for peace and the divine vision of shalom.

What images, feelings, and words come to you? What prayer for peace comes to you from your time of listening? Speak or write this prayer. What small act of justice, kindness, healing, or peacemaking is God inviting you to consider this day, this week?

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will look for ways to uncover the good that is hidden so I may share your peace.

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