“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house.” Matthew 5:14-15

 Recently, our secretary Terry Wilson shared with me an interesting story that sheds new light on these verses.

They were moving a mound of dirt in their back yard when they came across a surprising discovery. They spotted tunnels created by some critters, which wasn’t too surprising, but what was surprising is that in those tunnels they found a variety of vegetables growing underground, such as red potatoes, onions and beets.

Apparently the critters that had burrowed the tunnels in the dirt had also hauled in and eaten some vegetables from their family garden and whatever was left in the tunnels sprouted and grew new crops. The critters were gone, but they left behind a growing garden that no one knew was there.

Growing vegetables underground, where they are buried and no one can see or eat them, is a bit like hiding the light of Jesus in our lives under the bowl of life. The bowl of life is filled with all kinds of things that can cover, bury and hide the light of Jesus in us. Things like busyness, illness, worry, fatigue, fear, regret, the demands of others, frustration, stuff, money, caring for family needs; all of these and more can fill our bowl and hide the light of Jesus in us.

As you think about letting your light shine more brightly for Jesus, what might be hiding your light or keeping it buried? What can you do, or what do you need to do, to uncover your light and let it shine for all to see?

May the light of Jesus fill us as individuals and as a church and may His light shine brightly out of our lives for everyone to see.

                                           God’s Grace and Peace,


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