In my basement I have three light fixtures that are attached to the same power source. One switch turns them all on. Pretty straightforward and simple. However, one of the lights does not come on. Now this really makes no sense since it is the same power source (and there is power going to said light) so we are in the process of trying to figure out what is happening. Fortunately by brother in spirit is here and he is now busy trying to solve the mystery.
Until You Can Shine Again
As I pondered this over my morning coffee I could not help but see some parallels to faith and the faith community. In our life together we are all connected to the same power source but sometimes there are one or two or more people in the mix who cannot feel it. While some may feel the energy and be empowered by it to allow their light to shine brightly, others are missing something …
perhaps there is a blockage in the line that needs to be cleared;
perhaps there is a broken wire that needs mending; or
perhaps there is a worn out piece that needs to be replaced.
Now the wonderful thing about my basement lights is that the two remaining lights have taken over the task of illuminating the space. A couple of stronger light bulbs and they will do the job until power returns to the third. And the wonderful thing about community is that we can do the same for those whose power has diminished. We surround one another and shine a little brighter making the pathway more visible until the spark of re-connection takes place.
If you are one who feels the energy may you shine a little brighter for another who needs to see the way.
If you are one who is feeling disconnected may you feel the presence of community that holds you until you can shine again.
May it be so
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