Lenten Reflection 2
“You are the light of the world. A city 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 all, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16
This passage always strikes me. Picture in your minds a dark closet, your secret place where you go to pray your most ardent prayers. Picture it slowly growing darker, like when the sun has set and twilight settles over the earth. A storm has taken out the transformers in your area and the only illumination is from candlelight. Get up from your place of prayer and go out into your house. Each of your rooms lies in darkness, waiting for you to light another candle. Picture the glow that grows a little bit more each moment as you light candle after candle.
How transformed is your home! From darkened rooms to warm cheery light! Is this not how it is with the Christian Life? Are we not candles to be lit by God’s Spirit and set upon Earth to illumine a darkened world? This is a great mystery, and also a great celebration. Let us give thanks and praise the Lord! Amen.
Lenten Reflection 3
New fallen snow. Transformed tree branches. Stark white limbs or green pine boughs with a dusting of white like gossamer silk. It never ceases to amaze me how in one night the landscape changes from dark, wet, angular to a smooth, soft, frozen cold, white blanket. Each time there is a new snowfall, it happens again. Whatever tracks have been made get covered up under each new touch of snow.
Isn’t that like the love of God? God who no matter what reaches out to cover us with grace? Through grace, we may approach time and time again the throne of peace knowing the love of God is waiting to draw us into a divine embrace.
Our worship on Sunday mornings is also an expression of that divine love—from our end of it. We love God because God first loved us. The notes we sing and the words we recite soar out in the sanctuary and we pray descend like snowflakes of sound to embrace all who hear with messages of love from God. To extend that metaphor, the notes of our lives and the words we profess in our daily actions also soar out into the world…if we can but pray for God to speak through our lives, than the symphony of sound we make touches a broad world filled with souls in need of soothing solace. Amen? May it be so.