Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Let Your Light Shine

Have you ever noticed how God places people and things in front of you when you need to embrace them the most?  Over the last few months, thru Women’s Bible Study, Wednesday nights at The Well, general conversations with family and friends or even notes from the past, God has placed the word Light on and in my heart.

I believe everything we experience is a stepping stone in this journey we call life.  Some stones leave us feeling energized and excited, ready to take on the world.  Other stones may leave us feeling cracked or broken.  Each experience leaves us with a different comfort level of being vulnerable.

How are you feeling today?  In a world that we all once knew, or thought we knew, has been and will forever be changed.  It is a world full of scary and dark things; things that are uncertain, yet it is a world filled with God’s beauty, love and hope.  

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”  — Mr. Fred Rogers

I love this quote.  It reminds me that those helpers in this world are the light.  They are the light that brings hope and love to a broken world.

We have a beautiful example of light in Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?

In those times where we are feeling afraid, anxious or like our light has gone out or maybe is not shining very brightly, we have the Lord to lead the way.  He gives us His light and love.  He also gives us the light of the community, our community – the helpers we have in our lives.

God has given each of us our own unique light.  Some days it may shine brightly while others it may be dim.  Know that this is okay.  The helpers in our lives will help us find our way allowing our light to reignite and shine for others.

Dear God, Thank you for being our eternal light in this world.  Thank you for the helpers who not only shine their light but help reignite a light that has faded or gone out.  May we continue to seek peace, justice, and mercy in your Kingdom.  May we find the courage to stand up for what we believe is right even if we make a mistake along the way.  May we be brave enough to let our light shine.  In your name we pray.  Amen.

April Schauer