You are the Light of the World

He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.
                                                                                 ~Joseph Joubert
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
                                                        ~ Matthew 5:14-16
     The sun has gravity.  It holds the planets in their orbits.  It doesn’t appear to be held by anything, but we know who set it on its axis.  If I don a cape and sit on the roof ready to try flying, then I have not studied flight or gravity.  So, perhaps the couch is a better launch pad, or a trampoline that is “spotted” by friends with a watchful eye of a parent near by.
     We are held in our orbit by the same hand that placed the sun, the same hand that fashioned creation, the same hand that can number the hairs on our heads (or the lack thereof).  We are here to shine, with all that God has given us, the many gifts or the one, to watch a smile break upon the waters of fear, depression. anguish, grief as we sit an listen, offer a hug, sit next to a relative who is facing death and hear them sing praises to God.  
     We are here to be a backdrop for light, like a black velvet cloth set behind precious gems to bring out the facets, we are here to open up, not close down.
    Today, open up to a new person, a new thought, a person you have not seen in years, a new experience.  I am headed that way myself, and I will report back.  I’d love it if you did too!
You are the Light of the World – Godspell
Because of Him,

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