You are light

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.

         In the beginning was the Word.
         In the Word what has come into being was life,
         and the life was the light of all.

                  —John 1.1, 4

         You are the light of the world.
         Let your light so shine before others,
         that they may see, and give glory to God.

                  —Matthew 5.14,16

Maybe Jesus doesn’t mean some special light—
your faith, your righteousness, your goodness.
Maybe he just means you. Your self.
Who you are, your creatureliness,
fashioned by God’s delight,
coming into being through the Word,
granted life, the light of all.
God said, “Light,” and it came forth
in the little paths of your nerves,
the villages of your hands,
the beauty in your eyes,
the continents of your mind,
the great sea of your soul.
(Once, every bit of you burned in stars.)

Let the light of yourself shine, he says,
all of who you are,
created by light.
Shine in people’s darkness,
so they can see, and glorify God.

And even if they don’t see
(he came to his own and they did not know him)
still God sits there,
the light on her face, smiling.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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