Thursday, February 25, 2016

On a Lamsptand

Jesus said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.”
He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”
He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples. Mark 4:21-34 

On A Lampstand

We would hide in the shadows
throw a sheet over the moon
shut out the morning sun
so that we can hoard and abuse.

The deepest of winters' nights
reflect the light that shines
no matter how we hide and run
the light will find our secrets.

And we are loved in our brokenness
desired by the Creator even now
we are children of the light
the shadows hurt but do not kill.

Stand up and lift your light
hold up your weary heads
for the living God draws near
healing and joy returning as well.

The storms we face ahead
we do not face alone
the darkness is no match
for the loving light of God.


1 comment:

A Listener said...

Just what I needed to read. God in dark and painful times through trusting and faith becomes "always greater than the God who was perceived and loved the previous day."