The Way the Light Shines
I love the way the light shines in my home parish. We have no curtains on the windows... just stained glass that filters the sunlight and splashes color on the walls and the ceiling. Sometimes it even touches the people directly. Living in Oregon... this is not something that happens every day... and when it does... I like to look around the room and watch where it lands. When the light hits me personally... I feel I'm in just the right place at the right time. When the light shines so bright that I can't look up... I just bow my head and let it cover me. I surrender to the light and whatever color it makes me.
My work brings me to many different church buildings and denominations. There are a lot of churches... even some of my own faith... so covered... so filtered and controlled that very little or no light is allowed to shine. To me... the light is like God's Spirit. Where it is allowed to move freely much is accomplished. On the contrary... where fear and control issues abound the Spirit is blocked more often than not. God certainly has the power to penetrate any darkness... I do think though that He probably has a lot more fun with us when we are open and willing to let that Spirit flow. I think we're so much better off when we let the light shine and the true colors of our faith and in our fellow members to be revealed.
I think it's important to ask ourselves these questions...
Does God's light shine through me, on me or never find me?
Am I a roadblock or a doorway?
Am I living a life of light and color or in a world of fear and darkness?
1 John 1:5
God Is Light 5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
New American Standard Bible
9/20/2012 12:20:54 pm
I loved this, Julie. Beautiful imagery and truth. Thanks for being obedient to the One who is the Light shining in the darkness. Love you!
9/21/2012 10:49:48 am
Julie I enjoyed this entry into your blog, good to spend some thing thinking on these issues. I think perhaps most of us are all three at some time and need to practice accepting the light and letting it shine through us to others. Thank you so much for the images. God bless.
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