Be the Light

23 04 2013

You are the light of the world-like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, 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 5:14-16

DSC04022We recently witnessed darkness in America. Intentional harm came to people attending the Boston Marathon, an act of evil. While our attention was focused on Boston, still other evil continued with daily taking of life here and around the world. It could be discouraging if we just listened to the news and all the horror that it flashes in front of our faces each day. But a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminds us that “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.” We cannot drive out murder with more murder. We cannot drive out hate with more hate. We as people of God must respond to darkness with light. Light shines brightest with love, understanding, compassion and mercy. Light emanates through acts of kindness and love for our neighbors, whether it is next door or across the planet.  We are the light that must shine bright piercing darkness wherever it is found. Be the Light that shines Bright.


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