Shine Bright

Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!

Readings for Mar 22, 2020; Fourth Sunday in Lent   

Isaiah 42:14-21; Psalm 142; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. Ephesians 5:8

I have a light in my front window that I like to think of as an eternal flame. It’s a light to show the light of Christ in my home and a beacon to those who seek refuge. Except from Good Friday until early Easter Sunday, the light is always shining. Or so I like to think.

You see, the light is battery operated. So, from the moment I put new batteries in, the brightness of the light gets dimmer, and dimmer, and dimmer, until the batteries are dead and I must put new batteries in. Then its light shines bright once again, and the whole thing starts over. However, there are also the times when we go away or are busy, and do not notice the batteries are dead and the light is out. Sometimes it can be days before I notice the blackened light and finally put in new batteries. Life just goes on and unless I stop to pay attention to the lightless light, it remains void of its purpose and meaning.

Did you notice in the reading today how we are likened to that of the Lord’s light? Just like my light, we are the actual item that holds and dispels his brilliant rays. We weren’t just once in darkness; we were darkness. From inside out we – our beings- were void of light. But now, because of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit in us, we are the light that beams brightly, a beacon to guide souls to a place of safety, peace, and refuge.

Yes, we have those seasons in life where we have let ourselves be removed from our power source, thinking we don’t have time to go to church or read his word, and we think we don’t need to go be recharged. And then, without notice, we are void of any light. We are drained, and from within we are dark. In those times, do not become prey to the ways of darkness, but let the Holy Spirit draw you back to the source of our light. Take a moment to pray, to be in God’s most precious word, let your senses take in glorious songs of praise, or most importantly, take time to attend Worship service. Pay attention! Take time to get recharged so that your light will once again shine brightly. For not only has Christ shown us the way to the brightness of life eternal, we have become his lights in this world to draw all people to him and to know his love and grace, his forgiveness and peace. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

Prayer: Dear Lord, enliven me to be your light, to shine brightly your fruits of the Spirit. Forgive me for those times when I think I can do it on my own. Please recharge me through your word. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!

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