At church on Sunday the benediction included a quote from Elisabeth of Schonau, 12th Century. The quote so deeply resonated with me, and a few others sitting around me, we quickly grabbed our phones to take a photo of Schonau’s comment that had been posted on the screen:
This quote echoes Scripture verse, 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.”
The imagery of being like a burning lamp, projecting His glorious light into a dark and uncertain world, captivated my heart and mind.
My heart stirs as I consider how God calls me to liberate the abundant gifts of love, light, passion and truth that He has so generously planted within me. How He has called each of us to into passionately, boldly and wholeheartedly letting His love and truth stream out of us into a troubled and uncertain world.
God did not plant such fire and light in us so that we would hide it or dim it. Instead, He calls each of us to courageously and openly let our light overflow so others can witness it. And to let our faith and love of God shine so radiantly before others that that He will be glorified – that others will be brought out of the darkness into the light.