Family Watching Fireworks

The Light in the Sky

Posted July 4, 2015
By Gwynne Watkins

Family Watching Fireworks

A Reflection by Carol Mead

On July 3rd I went for a drive along the coast. As I returned after dark, the sky exploded with brilliant fireworks. Though I once thought I didn’t like fireworks, I discovered I love the light of fireworks, but hate the noise of firecrackers. As we seek divinity in the human world, it is often difficult to distinguish the dangerous noise on the ground from the light in the sky. Some people want us to believe that God is harsh and unforgiving, so they clamor in judgment and impatience. But true worship of God embodies mercy, compassion and trust. The faith that Christ showed on the cross—quiet trust no matter the circumstances—is the kind of faith that signals righteousness. And such trust is not about making dangerous earthbound noise on God’s behalf. It is about lighting up the sky with hope.

“Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NIV)

Text and image from the Reflections line of our Weekly Worship Bulletin Service
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