I recently learned that mirrors—when their large scale production became possible in the early 18th century — were originally banned from most churches. The fear was that people (especially the clergy!) would spend their time gawking at themselves rather than worshiping God. But, almost as quickly, mirrors were considered essential in church buildings because they would reflect the light of candles, magnifying the light. The goal of many church designs was that people would see themselves in the light, reminding everyone that Jesus’ disciples are to be light-bearers.
Jesus said that we should “let our light shine before people so that they would see our good works and give glory to our Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
We are in the season of light: so let your light shine!
The world looks to us—even in troubled times—to show the power of God’s love in Jesus who is our Light. In this season, in order for light to shine we’re doing several things, trainings and recruiting efforts so that more of God’s Light can shine through us –
1. Lay Servants’ Training
I am reminding you of these things again because through them the light of Jesus is shining on the world. As we are better equipped to be disciples, Light shines through us.
I pray that you know yourself to be a child of the Light and that, warmed by the Light, you embrace the varied calls God has placed on our lives.
The Light shines and nothing can or will put it out. (John 1:5)
P.S. [Harvey] Gray and Claire, along with 44 other folks from The NCC, including Bishop Ward and the 2016 ordination class, are traveling January 30-Feburary 10, to Israel and Palestine. Neither of us has ever been there before! Please keep us in your prayers and know that I will be remembering you in mine.
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