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June 28th Meditation

“Jesus…said, ‘I am the light of the world.” -John 8:12

We had a stellar week at VBS last week. Our theme was “Stellar…shine Jesus’ light.” The setting was the moon and outer space. There was much shining the love of Jesus’ light throughout the week. In the over three decades I’ve been doing Bible School every summer, I’ve come to know some themes hit home more closely than others. This was one of those years where the faith emphasis is as rich for adult disciples as for young ones:

Life can feel dark: Too much of our world concentrates on the darkness and fear. Thus, raising the anxieties of adults and children. Our faith teaches us, Jesus is the light of the world, and amid darkness there is hope.

Conflict pulls us apart: We all experience conflict in life. Conflict does not have to divide us as God’s people. Our faith is one of unity, reconciliation and forgiveness. Jesus’ light illuminates a path towards wholeness and unity with one another. We always have the option to choose the love of God over constant conflict.

Celebrate the little blessings: Modern life carries an expectation of “bigger is better”. We are always striving for the “big deals” of life to promote. Most of our living occurs in ordinary ways on ordinary days. We are tempted to overlook the wonder and joy of small blessings, a comforting friend, a warm blanket, a smile. We are stellar (amazing) simply for who God has made us to be.

Sorrow is a part of life: Sorrow and sadness are as much a part of life as being happy. God came to us in Jesus to help us understand we are never alone. We may feel powerless to fix our friend’s sorrow but we are not powerless to bring them comfort. Being present to a friend, offering quiet companionship, praying for others, meeting physical needs are all ways we shine Jesus’ light in a sorrowful world.

We all can help: Children, even adults, often feel helpless. We can underestimate the simple gifts of caring. Nothing brightens our spirits like a smile or call from a friend. We all know the healing power of baby giggles, little hugs and the mere presence of loved ones. Shining Jesus’ light in simple ways to others is very meaningful. We should never underestimate the power of such gestures.

The spark of Jesus’ light is in all of us. We can bring light to our world when we let it shine through us.

Keep shining,

Rev. Wendy

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