This Sunday, Trinity will celebrate the one year anniversary of our decision to be a church of radical inclusivity and hospitality. Some of us will say that we've always been that way. Some will say that all churches are that way.
Many of us understand that many churches have failed miserably at being truly welcoming to all. And of course, we all struggle with how to be welcoming and inclusive while having good boundaries, in the ways that our friends in helping professions would tell us are so important.
In Matthew 5:13-16, we get our mission statement from Jesus. We are to be the salt of the earth, the light of the world. It’s an interesting time in history to contemplate light and how we manifest light and darkness in our world..
Jesus tells us that we are to let our light shine, but he doesn't tell us how hard it will be some days. As a child, I always thought that once the light was lit, the hard part was over. I would just shine and shine and not hide my light under a bushel and not let Satan pfff it out (as that old song goes).
I did not anticipate the days and months I would feel like I had no light at all, no wick to light, no oil left in the lamp. I did not anticipate the days that I would wish I had a flicker, a guttering flame.
But now, more than ever, every flame of love is important, even the ones that are sputtering. It’s important to remember that we are often the only light of Jesus that many people will see throughout the week. How would our attitude and behavior change if we saw our lives through this prism? We are the instruments and tools that God uses to deliver God’s light into the world. How can we make ourselves better at the task?
Some of us think that we need to lead people to Jesus by talking to them about our faith. But our lives and our actions have already done all the talking before we ever open our mouths. Keep that in mind as you interact with people. Let your life do the shining. Be the salt that adds savor to everyone’s surroundings. Glorify God in this way.