For centuries, the beautiful stained glass windows found in most churches have been made from broken bits of colored glass put together by skilled artisans to make pictures that tell colorful stories. When the sun shines through these finished works of art, the vibrant colors and light shine bright for all the world to see.
As Christians, each of us is like those stained glass windows. We all have been broken, hurt by the events of life and the struggle for survival. We have turned into broken bits of our former selves that have a story to tell. Once we are put back together by the loving, artful hand of God, the light of Christ shines through us for all to see.
During Yuletide, when the beautifully-colored Christmas lights and decorated trees brighten our homes, it’s easy to spread the Light of Christ. The joy and excitement of the birth of Savior is bursting within us.
However, as Christians, it’s the every day, every season, that we must let His light shine through us. As St. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:3 (The Message, 2002) “Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. Christ himself wrote it, not with ink, but with God’s living spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives – and we publish it.”
If we Christians as a whole let the vibrant colors and light of Christ shine through us every day, like a stained-glass window, imagine how bright and far the light of Christ would shine!
As a writer, it is my goal to let the Light of God shine through me and onto the world through my words. I thought this would be a great way to start my writing life.
He is the Light of the world. Let His light shine through each of you every day, every season.