Let Your Light Shine

Sunday, February 9

2-9By Lu Mountenay of Independence, Missouri, USA

“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.

—Matthew 5:14–15

Scripture and song tell us we, as disciples of Christ, are the light of the world. Starting in early childhood, our parents and Sunday school teachers tell us to let our light shine—so we sing about our “little” light. Seems simple enough. But where do we get the light to start with? Most would have no trouble identifying Christ as the source.

A simple answer for us, perhaps. But is it simple for everyone? Those who experience the dark night of the soul—why does their light lay just beyond their ability to see it? Those who feel unjustly accused—what bars cast a shadow over their light? Those who have lost their way—why does the beacon not fall on their meager path? Those who are hungry—who will remove the bushel that hides the light they need?

Where is the light that will shine in the dark crevices and reveal the needs of the abused? The light of Christ shines not only so we can see the path on which we walk. But the beam of Christ’s light is broad, so we may turn around and see what and who is left behind…if we make the effort.

The light of Christ shines on injustices once hidden. It exposes the hurt places. It reveals what we would rather not see. Yes, Christ is our source. Are we the obstacles that block the light? Are we filters that dim the light? Or, do we magnify the light? Let’s be the vessels that carry the healing light of Christ into all the forgotten places.

Prayer for Peace
God of hope, shine through us, heal through us, minister through us that we might respond by sharing the light and peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice Healing for Broken Spirits
Begin with quiet prayer. Ask God to help you detect some “sore places” in the body of Christ and in God’s creation. Become aware of people who feel separated, wounded, or left out. Ask God for words that will touch these broken spirits like healing ointment. Keep these people in your heart and prayers today and act on any ideas that come to bring blessing and wholeness.

Peace Covenant
Today God, if I am enamored with the hopeful future I see, I will turn around and see opportunities to spread that hope to others.

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2 Comments

  1. Gladys Geis

     /  10 February 2014

    Thanks so much for you thoughts. They blessed me.

  2. Diane Akers

     /  9 February 2014

    Very true and words of wisdom.

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