Every morning I sit in the same place to have my coffee and morning devotions. On the sunniest of days, I never get tired of watching the sun rise and watching color splash the top of the tallest trees. On some days the light is orange, red and pink, the light is spectacular.
I love words that are nouns, verbs, and adjectives, light is one of those words.
As a noun we use the word light as “an agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible, like “the light of the sun”, or “an expression in someone’s eyes indicating a particular emotion or mood”.
As a verb light means to “provide light with” or to “make something light or ignite”.
As an adjective we can use the word light to describe “something that is not dark”, or a person can have a light attitude, or the color paint in my new office is “light” blue.
As a Church we are a light in this community, as a noun, verb, and adjective. We are agents that make things visible, we have a light in our eyes from the presence of the Holy Spirit. This church has provided light for many who have found themselves on a dark path, we have been a light for many to find their way. As a church we also take things very lightly, we are a playful church!
The month of December was filled with light! New traditions began with the Nativity Festival, Tree Lighting Coat Drive, and Decorating with Deacons. Our beautiful and long-standing traditions made us shine as well. The Cantata, Pageant, Cookie Walk, Thrift Store, Drive Thru Café, made us a church on the hill shining bright for the whole community to see. In the meantime, Pastor Bob was quietly helping those in need, shining a light on a dark and worrisome time for many.
In the bible the word light is used 272 times. It is a very important word in our faith tradition.
“I am the light of the world” John 9:5, “The people living in darkness have seen a great light” Matt. 4:16, “Let your light shine before others” Matt. 5:16.
As a Church we are walking into a time that is only dimly lit. The departure of our beloved Pastor Bob will cast a shadow upon the church for a period of time, twenty years is a long time. I know I will be a little lonely up front, but Pastor Bob has assured me that will not last long. The light which we cast into the community will continue to shine as it always has, but let us be mindful of the light we need to be for one another, the same light you have been for me these past four years.
The tallest trees catch the first light!
Happy New Year,