by Macy Johnson
“Giving thanks to the Father,
who has qualified you to share
in the inheritance of the saints
in the kingdom of light.”
(Colossians 1:12 NIV)
I arrived at church on a chilly, dismal morning. It was the first Sunday of Advent. I turned on the sanctuary lights and climbed the polished wooden stairs to the choir loft. After I highlighted all the musical selections in the bulletin and opened the piano’s keyboard cover, I placed the new choral piece for Advent - an Introit and a Benediction – on the music stand. The words reflected a different emphasis on each Advent Sunday: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.
Kathleen, our music director, slipped up into the choir loft as I played through the choral benediction, “Share the Light.” She pulled out her copy of the music and sang along. The piece ended on a rolled chord in the high register of the piano strings, like chimes in the wind. Kathleen sang the last phrase and held the final tone on the word light.
Suddenly the entire sanctuary exploded with light! The sun broke through the dreary clouds and shined brightly through all the stained glass windows. Kathleen and I looked at each other and gasped. Chills ran up my arms. God confirmed His presence through the words, music, and light. I was reminded of many times when God has revealed Himself to me by causing the sun to shine through dark clouds.
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”
(Psalm 19:1 NIV)
His people are walking in darkness. They need the light of Truth to shine on their hearts. We, His children, are called to carry His light no matter where He sends us.
I will share His light with the world in which He has placed me. I hope you will, too!