There are many hymns that celebrate Christ as light of the world: “This Little Light of Mine,” “Shine, Jesus, Shine,” and the song that echoes today’s scripture reading from Paul, “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light.” Another one is “The Servant Song,” (look it up) which talks about Christians as pilgrims on a journey together, called to help one another, to laugh and cry together, and to speak words of peace.
Once I did a children’s sermon based on “The Servant Song.” I talked about my experience as a child going to the outhouse after dark-I was terrified of spiders! I gave each of the kids a mini flashlight and suggested that it was a reminder to us that Jesus is the true light and he is always present, even when we are scared. One of the children, Spencer, who was about four years old at the time, said, “I will take your hand and walk with you so you aren’t afraid in the dark. I will hold the flashlight for you and scare away the spiders.” Sometimes children “get it” best!
God, let me be light for others, as you are light for me. Amen. — PDH