Reflecting the Son
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’” -John 8:12
It’s difficult to navigate the world in the dark. I appreciate nightlights more now than I ever have. My children find it comforting to have a little light on in their room at night. I find it helpful to avoid the stray toys left on the floor after saying “goodnight”. There are far more serious problems of darkness in the world than a few toys on the floor and Jesus is speaking to those in this passage about being the light of the world. Wherever there is pain and confusion, people running into things because they cannot see through the darkness, that is where Christ comes and brings light.
We are also called to bring light into the world. We don’t have to be the light, we simply need to reflect it. Think of yourself as the moon. The moon has no light within itself. The moon is just a rock. But when illuminated by the sun, the moon can transform our dark night and make it bright again. I am continually amazed at how a full moon can change the landscape once the sun has set. As we follow Christ, the Son of God, we cannot help but reflect the light from the Son in our lives.
We have several opportunities to bring light into the world at Kennewick First Pres. Tomorrow, we kick-off our Midweek church events with YB’s (Middle school Young Believers) and Kids In Action. Dinner at 5:30, program from 6-7:30 pm. Pastor Ashley will also be leading a book study through “The Tech-Wise Family” by Andy Crouch. If you have Wednesdays free, please come and shine the light of Christ into the lives of our students and families. We need clean-up crew and servers, as well as volunteers to mentor and guide our students.
Thursday, Sept 19, we will have an All-Church Potluck and Team Sharing Night at 6:30 pm. I hope you will join us to celebrate all the amazing work God is doing here at First Pres! Bring a dish to share and enjoy the videos and information. We will also present and answer questions about proposed changes to the Articles of Incorporation and Church Bylaws which will be voted on at our Congregational Meeting on Oct 20.
Looking for a day to really shine for Christ? Sunday, Sept 29, is our Annual Church Inside/Out event. We will join for worship at 9 am and get out there and serve from 9:45-noon at several of our local community Mission Partners. Please sign up in the Narthex to assist with SARC, Boys and Girls Club, My Friends Place, and Hospice House. Much of the work is outdoor yard work, so bring tools and gloves.
Leaving a Legacy of Light for the World: please join us next Tuesday, Sept 24, at 6 pm in the Garden Sanctuary for a time with Rev. Dr. Rob Hagan, as he shares with us the incredible opportunity to leave a lifetime legacy gift with our church Endowment program.
Lord, you are the light of the world. Help us to shine your light into the dark places in this world. Give us your presence in our own darkness and make us a reflection of your light. Amen.
Hanna P. Shearer