Saturday, 18 January 2014

"Look to him and be Radiant"

A theme of Sunday School classes I was teaching at the end of last year was "Light" - letting the light of God shine out from your eyes to brighten up other people's lives.

The following post put a different spin on the idea of shining with the light of God;


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All of the following copied and pasted from

http://antoniasferverino.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/just-after-full-moon.html

I always enjoy the Poetry Chaikhana blog, and especially so yesterday's poem by Izumi Shikibu:

Watching the Moon 
at midnight,
solitary, mid-sky,
I knew myself completely, no part left out.

Do read it there, and Ivan Granger's commentary. He says that, like the Moon, our individual consciousness only gives light if it reflects... And here I would say: if it reflects the Light of God, the 'love that moves the Sun and the other stars.'  'Look to him and be radiant', says the Psalmist in what has long been a 'touchstone' verse for me.  I give thanks for the ways in which that reflected light shines on me through pastors, preachers, dear 'soul friends' and (God forgive me!) the most unexpected of people. And all the graces I pray for can be summed up as the grace to grow to fullness, like the Moon, so that I can reflect more.