Pastor’s Reflection

“In the bleak mid-winter” starts the poem by Christina Rosetti. It continues, “frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone….”
 
We know the poem later set to music by Gustav Holst as a Christmas Carol, revealing that Christ is the Light who comes into our darkness. Especially now in the cold, darkness of winter (as I write this), coupled with the darkness of the stories that fill our news feeds, we long to see light and feel its warmth.
 
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing. Without adequate light, things not only look dismal, they feel dismal to many people. As followers of Christ, we experience his light, bringing hope and comfort even in the darkest of circumstances. We affirm that he is “the light of the world,” and spend our lives seeking his light by which we live.
 
As you know, Christ shares his light with us to guide our lives, but also to use our lives as reflectors of his light so others might see his light operating in us. In the Sermon on the Mount, he says, ““Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
 
The recent congregational meeting displayed how Christ Lutheran Church continues to desire to reflect the light of Christ in the way it lives out its calling. Both within the church body and as we go about our daily lives, the light of Christ shows us the way to be the light by which others can see something of the grace of our Lord through us.
 
I was recently reminded of the following statement by Madeleine L’Engle:
 
“We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.”
 
I like that phrase, “a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.”
 
I think I will read Matthew 5:16 and this quote daily throughout the month of February, praying for this to become reality more and more for myself and also for CLC. We have the opportunity to positively impact so many people when you stop to think about the many places we live and work. Recognizing that others experience Seasonal Affective Disorder of the soul if they don’t see enough light, let’s let our light shine so they will see something of the beauty of Christ in us and want to know its source for themselves.
 
Pastor Stephanie