“For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of the Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
When I come into the sanctuary and see our beautiful stained-glass rose window, I am now reminded of something I read as I was looking for Lenten celebrations. Mr. Len Wilson used the metaphor of stained glass: “We are broken shards, useless on our own but put together and illuminated by the love of Christ into a beautiful creation. Light is necessary to complete the image. Individual pieces themselves are not necessarily beautiful but together with the light shining through they transform into something beautiful.”
We are like pieces of broken glass, often part of a broken world. Yet if not for our brokenness it wouldn't be clear that the light which illuminates us is Christ's and not our own. When we put ourselves in God's hands, the master creator can remake us into something more beautiful than we can imagine for ourselves. Then the Holy Spirit, shining through us, illuminates us as the beautiful image God intended.
Do you want a colorful, vibrant life picture? “Let the light of Christ shine through your broken and stained shards of experience, making you whole and beautiful.” (Len Wilson)
A post on Facebook read: People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.
Heavenly Father help us to be open to receive God's light so we can share it with others. Amen.