That was another one of God’s great ideas: Light! The sun to shine during the day and the moon at night with stars sprinkled about to help us connect the dots back to the One who thought it all up. If we choose to do so. Sir Isaac Newton wrote,” Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the solar system I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.”
Probably because we’re working on lighting plans for Christ Church, as part of renovation work, I’m extra aware of the importance of lighting and what it reveals. I find it comforting and challenging that Jesus refers to himself as The Light. And reminds us we’re to be lights.
But how? In the Phillips translation of Philippians 2:15 it says, ” Do all you have to do without grumbling or arguing, so that you may be God’s children, blameless, sincere and wholesome, living in a warped and diseased world, and shining THERE like lights in a dark place.” Where? There, as in here, where we live.
And near me stand the Thacher Island Twin Lights, established in 1771. Monuments to another time, when lighthouses kept many a ship from an unwanted meeting with a rocky shoal.The New England coast’s dotted with lighthouses.
But back to us being lights in dark places. I love Anne Lamott’s quote about how we’re to go about this important work. “Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”
Which takes me to Mrs. Miller’s Sunday School class where I first sang, ‘This little light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine.” And I held up one small finger to represent my little light. That was 79 years ago and the finger’s now crooked from arthritis. But, I pray, there’s still some light left. Maybe just enough to help someone find their way Home.
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