‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16

By Jaimarie Nelson

This little light of mine… I’m gonna let it shine…

I’ve always liked the symbolism that is used around light. I believe we see it in most world religions but definitely in Christianity. God is revealed through light, angels appear as light, the Holy Spirit is seen as tongues of fire. Even everyday sayings include this symbolism, “we finally saw the light,” “light at the end of the tunnel,” “you light up my life.” We as United Methodists have flames as part of our cross and a light bulb is used to symbolize a good idea. And if we really think about it, light is essential to getting things done? I mean really. Light changes things. We can see what we are doing or navigate to where we are going. Try to read a book or drive a highway at night without light. But light is also associated with the heat energy that is released along with the light. I know “light” was what cooked the cake in my EASY BAKE oven as a child, light warms me on a camping trip, and sunlight is what makes our world possible. Think about it… it powers the water cycle, and it is the source of all energy. We can trace back the energy in fossil fuels to the photosynthesis of plants and the fuel we need to power our bodies to a food chain that begins with LIGHT.  So when you are called the light of the world, don’t take it lightly. Consider the help you can give to get things down or shine the way for someone else. Consider the warmth you can share in reaching out and connecting. Think about how you can add positive energy to the world and glorify your Father in heaven. But remember… when we as Christians are asked to shine our light and not hide it away, we are not being asked to do it all, but instead being called to do something. How can you be a LIGHT for the world today?