Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.
November is a month of Remembrance: the Gunpowder plot; Armistice, All Saints and All Souls. I will always remember this song as it was the first hymn at my ordination 5 years ago. What makes it memorable is that the choir from the primary school where I spent time sang and signed it for me. Sign language is very important to me as I have always talked with my hands, so it made it more meaningful when they signed the hymn at my own special service. It inspired me to finally learn to sign so that I could communicate with those without a voice. Sadly the lack of practice after qualifying has made me rusty.
Jesus says he is the Light of the World, bringing light to the darkness on our journey. How can we bring that light to others? How do we remember those who are in need and bring them the hope of Christ? Are we out of practice in our sharing of the Gospel with others? If we do not use our gifts we run the risk of losing them. If we share our gifts then others benefit.
May we shine our light in the darkness so that others can find their way on their journey of faith, so that we can all come to worship the God of beauty; the God of light; the God of love.
Light of the world, you shared in our darkness, that we may see your light. Hope of the world, you shared in our poverty, that we may see your greatness King of all days, you shared in our death, that we may see your life So here we are to worship, here we bow down, in total awe of your beauty, your wonder, your magnificence. Show us how to be the light in our community, that all may see and know that You are Love. Amen
The Rev’d Ruth Watson Minister of Patricroft and Worsley Road URCs