Pasadena United

Methodist Church

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"Your word is a lamp to my

feet and a light to my path."

(Psalm119:105)

Christ is the light of the world, the light that leads us into the world. We are entrusted to carry the light (the Word of God) into places where it is not shining. Amazing, isn't it? And daunting at times too. It is easy for me to praise God on Sunday mornings. I don't find it too much of a struggle to join the fellowship after worship or pancake suppers,either. What I do find a challenge is knowing how best to carry the light of Christ to the homeless in our area. My heart struggles with how best to help the addict who is still looking for another fix. Do I cover the light slightly when I think someone is blinded by it? Or do I let it shine brightly regardless of the situation? How will I know what to do?

The best way I know is to ask God. The more we communicate, the closer our relationship becomes with Jesus Christ and the more we start to feel and see how the Holy Spirit is working in our lives.

The Risen Lord empowers us to go forth and share the light through his Spirit. We are reminded of this every Sunday at the beginning of worship when we see the acolyte lighting the candles to symbolize Christ's presence with us. We are reminded of this every Sunday at the end of worship when the acolyte carries out the light at the end of the service to symbolize the light of Christ leading us into the world.

Someone once told me there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good morning Lord, " and there are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good Lord, it's morning." Are you the one who is communicating with God? Are you listening to where God is leading you? By God's mercy, we will be guided by the light of Christ.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Mernie