Monday, February 27th. Matthew 5:14-15

Our devotions this Lenten season have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church.  Today’s devotion is by Kate Mitsakis. Also, if you would like to join our staff in praying the liturgy for Responsive Prayer/Suffrages just click here.

 

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  Matthew 5: 14-15

 

When John and I started dating, I was very involved with my church, teaching Sunday school and working with Confirmation, while John, after dealing with the grief of the loss of his parents, had decided that he wasn’t so sure about the faith thing, and even questioned his belief in God. 

 

One day, he told me he found it hard to believe that God could exist when so much bad had happened in his life.  I told him that I understood – and that at the same time, I always thought, if God didn’t exist, the joke might be on me and not too much harm would be done, but if He did exist, I didn’t want to miss out.  

 

I told John I would love for him to be a part of church with me, but that I didn’t want him to feel pressured –  he was always invited, all he had to do was be ready to go at 8:45 AM on Sunday. 

 

Over time, he accepted this invitation and slowly became a frequent visitor.  Now, as we raise our son, Niko, church has become such an important part of our life, and our faith journey that we travel together. 

 

Our story definitely shapes our understanding of Evangelism and how we hope to teach it to our children and share with others around us – the light that shines in us can brighten up the lives of others just by us having the courage to let it shine.  We strive always to love those around us, to understand and accept, and to share our faith in the little ways that can make such a big difference.

 

Let us pray:  Dear Lord, thank you for sharing your light with us, and allowing it to light our lives with all of the wonderful things that You give to us every day.  Please give us the wisdom and the strength to share this with others so that we might all share the brightness with which we are blessed.  Amen.

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