Thursday, September 11, 2014

Be The Light!

Evan's Confirmation

“You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.
God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.
If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you?
I’m putting you on a light stand.
Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!
Keep open house; be generous with your lives.
By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God,
this generous Father in heaven.”
- Matthew 5:14-16 MSG
{taken from (InCourage) post today}
This morning I left a message on Facebook for our oldest grandchild, who turns 16 today.  He celebrated his 3rd birthday on 9-11, one of the most traumatic and now historic times in our country.  We are saddened to think about the horrors of that morning.  No matter where we call home, on some level we were all affected.  It was one of "those days" that changed our world and like a thief stole the innocence of Americans everywhere. 

Thirteen years have passed and some sense of balance is returning.  And we continue to have a fear the darkness of the evil that rose up and continues to attempt to steal our peace or keep our eyes on the Light that fills the darkness. 

Today I would like to say to our grandson, Evan, who shares his birthday with this tragedy~~

Keep your eyes on the Light. 
You are a kind hearted and gentle giant, don't ever let the world change that. In this broken world, tragedy happens and we will have times of tribulation, but that is not where we keep our focus or put our trust.  That is not all there is.

Jesus has overcome the world.  He is our answer to the good, bad, and the ugly.  Jesus.  He is our Light.  He is the Light of this broken world.

And He asks us to be His Light-bearers.  

Continue to be the light Evan.  Be the light that loves, laughs, forgives, empowers, testifies, and changes.  Be the hope for a better world.  Be the one who believes not only in the Light who came for you, but believes that the world can be a better place.  Be the light that makes the world a better place.  Be the light.

Evan and his sister Abbi

Evan and his sister Abbi

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