READ : Psalm 8:1-9
The Psalmist begins by telling of God’s magnificence and power. He is awed that God has created man to be “a little lower than the angels . . . crowned with glory and honor . . . ruler over the works of God’s hands.”
Jesus calls us “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world.” But he warns that salt can lose its saltiness. A light can be hidden. If one hoards salt because of not wanting to share it, the salt eventually loses its power. If a person decides to keep a light only to himself, that light is not available to others.
I knew two brothers who were very different. Elbert, the wealthy brother, was cranky, selfish and only thought of himself. Al, who had very little, was always smiling, willing to help others and completely selfless.
No one ever got close enough to Elbert to know whether or not he was a happy man. But everyone knew and loved Al. When he was nearby, we always felt the glow of his warm and enthusiastic personality. Al married a beautiful girl and their children were blessings to them and to all who knew them. Al’s “light” shone before all of us and we thanked God for him.
Father, the Psalmist and Jesus have told us how special we are. May we reflect your light with our lives so that others will be guided to you through Jesus. Amen.