Wednesday, August 19, 2009


The words of Jesus from Luke 8:16
(The Message translation)

No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a washtub or shoves it under the bed. No, you set it up on a lamp stand so those who enter the room can see their way.


It may be that I’m too energy conscious with my lamp.

I’ve been known to use a forty-watt bulb when you specified a hundred.

I substituted a fluorescent bulb and turned everything blue.

I’ve turned off my lamp to save energy - to save my energy, that is.

…but I know better. When it comes to my lamp the only “sustainability” program is sustaining the Kingdom of God.

To use that church phrase, we are “in mission” - every day. Throughout the day the lamp is lit. How will my conduct attract others to the Faith?

Father, I aspire to be a bright lamp - high on a stand - so that others see your light.

Photo: Sunset at Kaanapali, Maui