Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Saturday, March 14

Suzanne Koch

Here I Am, Lord

"I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send"


I first sang this hymn at a women's gathering here at Reformation many years ago. Over time it stuck with me so am glad to have an opportunity to find out why.


First up is the idea of being called; a lot of pastors say they were "called" to the ministry. I have tried to imagine what this might be like. For me, it seems as if there is a feeling that keeps popping up telling me I should reach out or get up and do something. Sometimes, I don't want to even do this thing but usually do it to keep the peace in my head.


Then there is the light segment. I am always happy when Epiphany arrives, and we sing songs and think about light. Light is a part of 47 hymns in the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal (an increase from 17 hymns in the Lutheran Book of Worship). There are numerous scripture passages such as "Jesus is the light of the World". We are in darkness and in need of some brightening. Sometimes life becomes dreary, and we cannot see the "light at the end of the tunnel". But Godís light is not restricted to tunnels. It is everywhere in song, the smile of a child, a note of thanks or sympathy or an act of kindness.


So basically, we are called to spread light everywhere in our daily lives specifically bringing it to others. We are to see the light; as it is always there.


Jesus Christ, you are the light of the world. Give us ears to hear you calling us during these days of Lent. Give us eyes to see your light in others. And help us to reflect your light in large and small acts of kindness. Amen


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