Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
2 Corinthians 3:17-18
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
- Edith Wharton
I am the beautiful reflection of my love’s affection
A walking illustration of his adoration
His love makes you beautiful, so beautiful, so beautiful
I ask my looking glass, “What is it makes me so exquisite?”
The answer to my query comes back:
“Dearie, his love makes you beautiful, so beautiful, so beautiful…”
- selected lyrics from His Love Makes Me Beautiful,
from the broadway musical Funny Girl by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill
Open your soul and entertain the glory of God and after a while that glory will be reflected in the world about you and in the very clouds above your head.
- Frank C. Laubach, Letters by a Modern Mystic
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 a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Daniel 12:3 NRSV
Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky,
and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
God is like the sun, bathing me with light. I am like the snow. The purer my life is, the more I will be able to reflect God’s light to others. The more I reflect God — by showing kindness to a difficult person or even by having patience in a checkout line — the more I become the person God created me to be. - India Cable, Stepping Out on Your Own: Devotions for High School Graduates
Fear will establish the limits of your life. You need to live life at a 45-degree angle so you can reflect the glory of God to a watching world. – Pete Wilson
The other night I took our family dog for a walk. It was a full moon, so bright that we cast a shadow as we walked along. But of course the moon has no light of its own. It shone, and it lit us up so brightly, because the sun was shining on it. It merely reflected the sun’s light. In the same way, we have no glory of our own, only such as is reflected from the light of Christ that shines upon us. That is what we live for: to bask in that radiance, to reflect it, to bring it to the world around us, not for our own sake but for the praise of his glory. - John Guest, Finding Deeper Intimacy with God: Only a Prayer Away
The special property of a flame is that it can kindle another without being diminished. Proverbs teaches that the soul of a person is G-d’s candle. So today – ignite another soul with a word, a message, a look, a touch. You will not be lessened, but enhanced.
So come to him and be enlightened that you do not so much bear lamps as become them, shining within yourself and radiating light to your neighbors. May there be a lamp in your heart, in your hand and in your mouth: let the lamp in your heart shine for yourself, the lamp in your hand and mouth shine for your neighbors. The lamp in your heart is a reverence for God inspired by faith; the lamp in your hand is the example of a good life; and the lamp in your mouth are the words of consolation you speak.
-Guerric of Igny
In that hour when darkness like a cloak shall be spread over all things,
May your grace, O Lord, shine on us in the place of the earthly sun.
On that day when all people are called to earthly burial,
Make us worthy, O Lord, to rejoice in heavenly rest.
In that day when all darkness shall cease,
and all are freed from weariness,
Grant, O Lord, that we may take our delight in the joys of the life to come.
-Ephraem the Syrian
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