Living Lighthouses

Helen Brownson

READ : Philippians 2:12-18

Residents of Holland, Michigan boast of their beautiful lighthouse, Big Red, standing at the entrance to Lake Macatawa. Its light reaches up and down the coastline of Lake Michigan for miles, a beacon for all the ships headed for Holland Harbor.

Last Easter our granddaughter drew a picture of a lighthouse, and I copied it to make place cards with special messages for each member of the family. We put the cards on the plates at the table and read them together. Each family member was affirmed by the commendations Bill and I wrote, specific ways in which they shine as lights in the world. We told them they shine by caring for their friends at school, by standing unashamedly for Christ, by loving God’s created world, and by bearing witness to their friends of God’s love. We read these messages aloud and considered the impact each of us makes in God’s world. This was a blessing to all of us.

In our reading today Paul encourages us to shine as lights in the world. He reminds us that we must work at this, but he also assures us that God is working in us to make us willing and able to obey him. Paul rejoices in such shared efforts. Praise God that the work he gives us is never useless.


Dear Lord, I choose to let my light shine. Amen.