Scripture: Mark 4:21-34
Key verse: (21) “Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand?”
Reflection: One of the first songs that my two girls learned was “This Little Light of Mine”. I am thinking this was probably a song that you sang as a child, and even if you haven’t sung it in a while I’m sure you still could sing along knowing all the words. What I love about this children’s song, however, is that in the 60’s it became an anthem of the civil rights movement. These two, a children’s song and civil rights song may not seem like they go together. But looking at the entirety of our scripture today, I think they fit perfectly. The passage for today continues on, “For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light.” These words simultaneously comfort and call us to action. A light shining in the darkness exposes all that is hidden. The innocence of a child brightens the world and casts away the brokenness around us. The light of Jesus enters our world, exposing all that is hidden, surrounding and comforting us in light. Is there anything in your life that you may be trying to hide? Don’t fight against the light of Christ. May we follow the light of Christ in the world, scattering all that is hidden, expose the darkness for what it is, and live in the light. Is there a darkness that consumes you? Do not fear, the light of Christ will surround and illuminate your path. May we trust in Christ’s light, following to the edges of darkness, trusting that Christ’s light will cast away all fear and all oppression of the darkest places. Wherever you are today, may you carry this song with you as a comfort and a call to action. This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. Thanks be to God.
Prayer: Jesus Christ, Light of the World, we put our trust in you. Guide us in your truth, comfort us by your radiance. Give us the courage to expose all that is hidden and walk in your light for your glory and the sake of the world. Amen.
Author: John Magnuson
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].