People of Light

One of the things which has stood out to me over recent weeks is the variety and beauty of natural light. We have had some spectacular sunrises and sunsets; I have found myself amazed watching the effect produced as the sun has pierced a snow laden grey sky and awe-struck by the clarity and brightness created by the combination of a clear blue sky and the light reflected from the snow-covered ground. I’ve even stopped to photograph the dappled light of the sun shining through branches heavy with snow. All these effects have lifted my heart to God in praise!  Even more so, when I consider how often our attention has been drawn to the impact that we too can have when we allow God to shine His light through us. It’s a challenge for each one of us isn’t it? This week God is bringing it to our attention once again as we read Philippians chapter 2 together, “shine as lights in the world” (verse 15 ESV). Another call for us to consider what we need to do in practical ways so that our lives SHINE for Jesus. I know that there are ‘light’ bits of me that I hide from the world and I am sorry about that. In this period of Lent, as we reflect on Christ’s life, ministry, sacrifice, and resurrection let’s also endeavour to reflect the light that this hope creates in to our own world. Perhaps you will join with me in a prayer I read this week, “I’m sorry Lord for hiding. I ask that you would flood me with your light, and give me the confidence to let it shine for everyone to see. Let your good news be embodied in and seen through my life so that others may be drawn to Jesus”. Ephesians 5 verse 8, “For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So, live as people of light!” Bryan