"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all the houses. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."
If there's a lighthouse nearby I always want to explore it! This was true last summer when I visited Sweden. This one located outside the village of Nar on the island Gotland, was a favorite! It was built in 1872, to guide sailors safely into and out of the Baltic Sea.
Like this, God will use his light to guide us into and out of the rough seas in our life. Are our eyes open to seeing it, or do we think we know best? Likewise, we can shine our light for others to see God's love through us. Whose watching you? Co-workers, grandchildren, neighbors??
Reflecting on my first Lenten post on Ash Wednesday ....
By being present, I am more open to understanding why and where God has placed me, and by being still and listening to the voice of the holy spirit within me, I am able to recognize what I am to do in this moment.
Here my prayer, Oh Lord,
"Use me to shine your light into the darkest places of this world."