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Pentecost Sunday, May 20, 2018

Scripture Reading: Acts 2:1-21

 

THOUGHT: Bethlehem was God with us, Calvary was God for us, and Pentecost is God in us. —Robert Baer

 

Novelist Edith Wharton once said: “There are two ways of spreading light, to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

We can’t be the candle.

Christ is the candle.

We can be —we must be —the mirrors.

Less than 100 years ago, many homes in America were still lit with lamps. Some of these lamps were affixed to wall sconces, which consisted in part of a mirror or reflecting surface.

Plato was once told that a man in the city had been spreading slanderous charges against him. Plato’s answer: “I will live in such a way that no one will believe what he says.”

What if we took his example, and lived like mirrors, reflecting the light? What if we lived lives that were so bright with the love of God, that everyone would know we had the light of God within us?

Rabbi David Wolpe tells of a time in his life when he lost his faith. At the time, he was enamored by the writings of an old atheist, Bertrand Russell. A graphic Holocaust documentary introduced him to “evil and a world without God’s protection.” Russell became a logical, witty guide to a world that he said was merely the product of blind forces.

Wolpe was enchanted with the philosopher until he began reading biographical works that showed how depraved his life was: four broken marriages, alienated from his children and unabashed about his infidelity.

Despite Russell’s brilliant mind, the fruit of his philosophy made a far more compelling argument. Claiming “it was better to be Russell’s reader than his wife or child,” Wolpe stumbled back into faith.

Let’s be the light.

There’s no problem with the Candle.

It’s the mirror that needs polishing.

We aren’t the source of light, but the prism. Not the candle, but the mirror.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              —Timothy Merrill

 

Prayer: Lord, help me to let my little light shine for you! In your name. Amen