Many years ago, I came across a book in some bookstore. I don’t remember the title of the book or its author, not even what the book was about; what I do remember about the book was the picture on its cover.
It was a painting of two women sitting alone together in a very dark room. The only source of light in the picture was a candle that was being held between them. One of the women was holding her hand behind the candle so that its light could illuminate the face of the other person.
Jesus tells us that whenever two or three are gathered in Christ’s name, Christ is there among them. Just like the candle between the two women in the picture, Christ dwells among us as we gather together in Christ’s name. It is Christ’s light that shines among us and between us. We do not create the light, but what we can do is simply hold it up so that it may illumine the face of another.
Imagine what this world would be like if we saw the light of Christ illuminating the face of each person we met each day. Imagine what ministry would be like if we sought out ways to hold up the light of Christ and, like the woman in the picture, let it shine brightly on those who need it the most.
Loving and gracious God, grant us the wisdom, the courage and the patience so that we may be able to illuminate the face of all those we meet today with the light of Christ’s love.
Rev. Gloria Ryder