“You are burning lamps who the Lord has established on his sacred mountain to illuminate the darkness of the world by your word and example.”
Elisabeth of Schonau, wrote this in the 12th Century. It echoes Matthew 5:14- 16,
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
This imagery of being a burning lamp, which projects glorious light and love into a dark and troubled world, has continued to captivate and resonate throughout the centuries.
God did not plant such fire and light and love within us so that we would hide it or dim it.
But rather, to courageously let our light shine. Radiantly. So others will be drawn to the light.
He continues to call us to activate His abundant gifts of love, generosity, and hospitality. Sharing them with the world and communities and people all around us. Calling us to rise up, and boldly letting the truth of His inclusive invitation pour out of us into this unsettled and uncertain world.
Witnessing for God’s abundant and steadfast love for all of His creation and all of His people.
Allowing our faith and love to shine so brilliantly before others so not only He is glorified, but people and their stories and their circumstances can be restored and redeemed.
And be brought out of the darkness, into the light.
Five Minute Friday Prompt: RESTORE
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