Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Wish

Badge: Shapeshifting 13 #37

Barren Queen Bess munches another gherkin by the Wishing Pond.

“Thanks,” she whispers.

 

This is part of Grammar Ghoul challenge to write a story in 13 words including queen, gherkin and pond. Details Here

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You are the Light of the World

Matthew 5:14 says, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl but on a stand, and it gives light to all the house. 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.”

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I got to thinking about light and the different types of light that we could be.

There is UV light. It can act as a disinfectant and is used widely in medicine.

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These are the people who see the corruption in the world and fight for the right. Like William Wilberforce who spent his life campaigning against slavery. They are the people who motivate others and change public opinion.

Then there is torch light.

flashlight-924099_640These are the people who show the way, who lead by example.

In the olden days it used to be lamps or lanterns. girl lamp Psalm 119:105 says “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” The picture is of an unknown and dark future and God’s word illuminates enough of the path to take the next step.

bible-985035_640People who know the word of God can better lead the way.

Then there is the humble candle. Just a little light that can’t be put out by any amount of darkness. candle-1099856_640Today candles are also used in symbolic or sacramental ways (everyday objects reminding us of deeper truths) Examples are lighting candles in memory or somebody, lighting a candle for each year on a birthday cake, giving a baby a candle at his baptism. Candles can also be purely decorative and set a mood for a dinner party or special occasion.

I see candle people as adding that bit of extra to life. they celebrate but are not shallow. They think deeply and act meaningfully bringing a spark to their relationships.

The modern version could be the LED. tiny on its own but en mass what wonderful displays we have seen. The old proverb still holds true. Not all the darkness in the world can extinguish the light of one small LED light.

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I could go on.  There is the Olympic torch where the flame is symbolic of the Olympic spirit and ideals. These are people who make a difference to the world and pass on their legacy to their children.

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Of course the greatest light is the sun and I think this symbolizes Jesus when He said “I am the Light of the World.” The sun sustains all life, promoting growth and sustenance as well as warmth. It gives light to half the world and can disinfect as well. Our little lights are merely images of that great light.

 

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So go out and shine whatever kind of light you have been given.

I’d love to hear your ideas of any other lights and their application.

 

 

1st Day at School

Today my first grandchild started school. There she was standing outside with her huge school bag waiting for photos. Her school dress was crisp and new and slightly too big for her. Her shoes were all shiny and stiff and also too big for her.  Attached to her bag was a cute name tag with a butterfly that my daughter had ordered in a pack of name labels.  My granddaughter  showed me the inside of her shoes where pretty stickers with her name were stuck. She had a stomach ache.

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She is nervous. I try to explain a little about butterflies in the stomach and Adrenalin (special stuff that God makes in your body so you are braver and stronger) but it probably doesn’t help.

Her nervousness is real and her stomach ache is real. I know, from my Granny perspective, that in a week she will be loving school and looking forward to going. Right now however, she would probably rather stay home.

We are all like that. We prefer the comfortable known to the potentially scary and dangerous unknown. However we can’t stay as we are. God needs us to grow and to learn so he puts us in new situations constantly.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Prov.3:5) Sometimes our own understanding tells us that a situation or challenge is bad and maybe we are even hurt but then is the time to trust in the Lord with all our hearts despite what things look like from where we are standing. Maybe it is just the first day at school.

Coffee with Wings 2016

I have been neglecting my blog over this holiday season.  Perhaps blogging isn’t for me.  However, perhaps it’s time to try to get into the blogging habit again.

The following isn’t a bible verse but nevertheless a source of inspiration for me on a Monday back at school at the start of a brand new year.

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Mark Spence Peter Larson fromwww.lebanonpresbyterian.org may be the author of this quote. Feel free to check out his website and avail yourself with his teachings. God bless and Happy New Year