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Lent, day 24 – Be more like Jesus than ever!

This morning’s reflection comes from Rev’d Willie.

Matthew 5:13-16
‘You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 ‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

This morning I had planned to share a few thoughts from Psalm 91, but yesterday one of our younger Parishioners, Alfie who is just three, sent me a ‘What’s App’ video message with a plea: ‘Willie will you sing This little light of mine?’ He had seen my morning song for the kids yesterday and wanted his favourite ‘Jesus’ song. Sometimes God uses the voice of little ones to counsel his church; thanks Alfie. Thanks also to Sam, who last night reminded me, that it’s not just ‘daddy’ who is finding this whole ‘lock-in thing’ difficult; I think he was whispering, as only a son can to his father, ‘dad you’re grumpy and we need you to be your bubbly self’. Not the words he said, but that was his sentiment! Lord God ‘I hear you’ thanks to Alfie and Sam.

It is so hard sometimes to be favoursome salt and edifying light, especially when we are in uncharted waters. Too easily our attitudes and words are more like stale bitter lemons and fuzzy darkness! When suddenly we are 100% of the time living in each other’s pockets, it is too easy to forget how Jesus calls us to be. When as those who live alone we are faced with 100% of the day facing the same walls, it is too easy to forget who Jesus wants us to be when our family and friends phone us or message us.

This morning Jesus is calling us to bring sweet flavour and warm light to those around us; to cheer and to encourage with kind words, warm words and gentle goodness. The Spirit is whispering to us in the midst of all this trauma, upset and chaos: shine brightly, bring light into this darkness, issue in hope and dispel fear and gloom.

Today it is my prayer that wisdom of Jesus to choose to be flavoursome salt and wholesome light in our conversations with our families, on the phone, in what we text, in what we email and in what we write on the ‘What’s App’ Drumbeg Parish News group chat, will be words and actions which demonstrate the goodness of Jesus and bring glory to his name, rather than shame. Alfie and Sam, thank you for being the inspiration for today’s word of encouragement to the Church at Drumbeg!

Let us get up and start this day asking the Lord to fill us with his Spirit that we might be that salt and light! Everyone around us needs us to be more like Jesus than ever!

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