It was approximately two years after our two denominational churches came together and worshipped as one congregation that our pastor/priest retired, and our new church was looking for another minister to take her place.
After almost a year, the selection committee finally found the right person to come and be our shepherd. This past Sunday, our congregation celebrated our new ministry and held a service of induction for our new pastor. The bishop from the Anglican Church and the assistant to the bishop of the Lutheran Church attended the service.
The building was full. But the highlight of the entire service was during the singing of "Christ Be Our Light". The day was sunny and cloudy, but God, in His infinite wisdom, decided to bestow a special gift as the congregation began to sing the last part of the hymn.
- Many the gifts, many the people,
Many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another,
Making your kingdom come.
Christ be our light! Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.
– Bernadette Farrell
Just then, a beam of light pierced through the top back window, and shone onto the faces of two people who were in the front of the altar. Apparently the beam of light was so bright that both were blinded by it for a few seconds. It disappeared when the song came to an end. It was as if God were blessing this entire event — a miracle!
John 8:12 – When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (NIV 2011)
Some said that it was a coincidence, that it was bound to happen, because the day was sunny and cloudy. But to me and others, it was a special sign from our heavenly Father reminding us that Christ is our light in this world of confusion, doubt, and discord.
Today, let us share His light!
Philippians 2:14-16a – Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, "children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation." Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. (NIV 2011)
Prayer: Lord, God, every day, You bestow little gifts for us to behold. Help us to see and enjoy them and learn from them. We thank You for loving us so much that You sent Your Son to be our light in this world of darkness. May our light so shine that others may see our good deeds and give praise to You. Amen.