In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Abba God in heaven. -Matthew 5. 16
I have been thinking a lot about light lately. We are, after all, in the Season of Light, the Season of Epiphany. This year we have eight Sundays after the Epiphany, which is a longer than usual Epiphany Season. Often times, Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent come upon us in a sudden way in early or mid-February. But this year we spend some time in the light, contemplating what it means to live in the light, to expect everyday epiphanies, the in-breaking of God in real and not-so-real ways.
For some of us, the beginning of this year has been a difficult one, especially those who live in the mid-West and Eastern seaboard. Our United Church of Christ national offices in Cleveland have had to close down for as many as seven days since the first of the year. I know some among us who have struggled with health issues while others find themselves without meaningful work. We have prayed for family and friends and for our churches. It is sometimes hard to remember that we are children of the light in the midst of storm clouds and frigid weather.
Still, the verse above, one of my favorites since childhood, reminds us that we are to let our light shine. So, I invite you to do that. Think about what our world might be if we all made a decision to be a light in the world, to be someone who commits to work for justice and peace, to be someone who shines light where it is most needed, whether that is a caring smile for a child or confronting a wrong such as bullying. Maybe today, you will “like” a Facebook post, “tweet” a message, or sign a virtual petition that could change things for those who are marginalized or minimized. You see, Jesus believed that we are children of the light and said, in his Sermon on the Mount that we have the capacity to change the world for some who are the least, the lost and the lonely. So, shine your light today and give glory to your Abba God in heaven.
Holy One, use me, choose me today. Show me where my light is most needed. Amen.
Rev. Dr. Hudson