St. Marys United Methodist Church
Wednesday, September 17, 2014


“Let the Light Shine Through”

One morning at a former church I entered my office and my heart sank. There on the re- cently installed new carpet was what appeared to be a stain. Those who know me know that I have a tendency to spill things - especially coffee. My first thought was that I had done it again. In hurrying through the office I had unknowingly spilled coffee and created this ugly problem.

I walked slowly toward the discolored carpet. I had to take a closer look, but was almost afraid to do so. I began to rehearse in my head what I would say to the Board of Trustees about the stain in the hope they would be understanding. Then lightly, cautiously, I rubbed my foot over the spot; maybe it was just dust or something else that could be easily removed.

I was shocked as the top of my shoe changed to the color of the stain! I breathed a sigh of relief as I realized that the “stain” was actually the light of the sun shining though the multi -color stained glass window in my office. Somehow the light was shining through in such a way that it picked-up only one color from the glass. If there had been multi-colors on the floor I probably would not have given it a second thought; I had seen that before. But the one color made me stop in my tracks!

Sometimes we become complacent in our faith journeys. We choose to blend into the “multi-colors” of light produced by the church to do things, that while attractive, become almost routine.

God wants to shine through each of us individually. The work of the church is a powerful attraction and does much good for the kingdom, but more often than not it is the individual reflection of God’s love and compassion shining through you that will stop others in their tracks. When you step-up for Christ the light you produce might be what another person needs to see in order to recognize the difference God can make in his or her life.

If you have not done so, I hope you will take a minute to complete the “Gifts for Ministry Survey.” There is a place for you to serve. God wants to shine through you. God wants to shine through you in ways that may seem unusual or unexpected. Will you let his light shine through?

Blessings on you, 

Pastor Tom 

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