Several months ago I read an article which was written by Reverend Angela Pleasants of the First United Methodist Church in Mount Holly, N.C. which touched my heart so warmly that I cut it out and hung on our refrigerator. The title of the article was, "The Light Still Shines." It is so well written, I feel compelled to share some of her thoughts, which are "food for the soul" for all Christians. Everything in quotation marks are Reverend Pleasants' thoughts and words, so meaningful to me, and hopefully to you, too.
"We see an abundance of darkness in our world." Then she referenced the killings of church members at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, the killings in Orlando, the human trafficking of innocent young girls and boys, as well as countless atrocities happening in our world. Then she says, "in the midst of all this evil and darkness, the question I often hear is, "Where is God?"
"God is still in the midst of his people. God has equipped us with everything we need to be the light of this dark world and to make a difference." The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it", John 1:5 NLT. The darkness tries to destroy the light, but it fails to extinguish it. Jesus brought salvation to the world, and through him, we too are light bearers. Despite the darkness, our light will continue to shine in this world. And it will work to illumine others. The question is, is your light shining?"
Then she referenced a recent sermon that Bishop Larry Goodpaster preached, "Turn on the Light." "He said there was a sound of clicking. The clicking of light switches being turned off in our churches. Light switches are turned off when we close our doors because we feel these are the wrong type of people. Light switches are turned off when the neighborhood changes and we do not reach out to others because they may look or act differently. Light switches turn off when we say, "We have never done it that way before." Bishop Goodpaster said, "We cannot be a spotlight with a 60-watt bulb." Is your light shining?' You are the light of the world-like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. A lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father". Matthew 5:14, 15b-16 NLT. Go to your home, community, work and the world letting your light shine."
I thought this was such an inspiration to read and wanted to share it with everyone at All Saints. Now I need to get busy replacing some of these 60-watt light bulbs in my life."
May the peace of the Lord be with you!
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