This Little Light of Mine
One of the favorite songs we sing at the Family Service is, “This Little Light of Mine.” It’s a fun song because there are hand motions and you get the chance to yell at the line, “Hide it under a bushel? NO! I’m gonna let it shine...” It’s actually an interesting thought, though. Why would someone light a candle only to keep it hidden? It’s not something we would ever do with a real candle, but it is all too often the case in real life.
How often do we keep hidden the light that burns brightest in us: our passion, the issue we care most about, the place we see ourselves making a real contribution to humanity? Instead we keep conversation at the level of sharing the “regular stuff,” like where we are from or what we do or did for a living. Those can be important parts of our identity, but they might not be what’s most defining for who we are. Imagine if instead of having the usual conversations, we talked about what we’re most excited about, what we think we do well or what we feel called to do and then asked others those same questions. We might avoid such conversations for fear of seeming conceited. But it’s okay to let these “lights” shine. Because the light that is in us is a divine light. We need to be leading from that light and living from that light. Not hiding it.
There is someone in the world who will benefit from the light of God in you that you have to shine; even if you don’t under- stand who or what it’s for just yet. You never know, your light might draw attention to an area that needs more light and inspire others to also bring their light around it. Additionally, in shining our lights and sharing this part of ourselves, we will find fulfillment. Because we are sharing something genuine and a part of ourselves that wants to be shared, not hidden.
Emmanuel and its people throughout the years have been a light in our community and in the lives of many individuals who have been touched by its ministries in some way, shape or form. I look forward to celebrating the light of Christ in us; a light that will keep on shining.
The Rev. Andria Skornik
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