When the light shines, it exposes even the dark and shadowy things and turns them into pure reflections of light. (Ephesians 5:13, 14 The Voice)
A couple of weeks ago I asked for suggestions on how to use the broken glass created by the vandalism to our property on Camano Island. One simple suggestion was to get two glasses, that could be placed inside each other with broken glass between them to create a candle holder. We were inspired by this idea, and used it as the basis for one of our liturgical exercises at the Celtic retreat this weekend.
My first experiment was interesting but also disconcerting in some ways. I cleaned out a couple of vases and dribbled the glass between them, placed a candle in the centre and let the light shine through.
I was horrified by how many impurities there were in my collection of glass, imperfections that I was not aware of until I lit the candle. Dirt, seeds, leaves and sticks suddenly came to life.
There is a big difference between brokenness and impurity I decided and it is only when God’s light shines through that we become aware of the difference. Brokenness can be used to reflect God’s light, the impurities just need to go.
What is your response?
Sit quietly and think about your own life. What do you think is the difference between brokenness and impurity? In what ways has God’s light shone through your life so that you can distinguish the difference? What has been your response to this?
So I washed the glass fragments and laboriously picked out the seeds and leaves. The fragments were transformed.
They no longer looked dull and lifeless, they now glowed with a rainbow of colours. When I lit the candle the light was even brighter and its red colour shone through. Yes some of the impurities remained, it was almost impossible for me to get out all the dirt and leaves, but the light shining through made it easier to distinguish what still needed to be removed, and now I could see the true colours of the light within.
What is your response.
Sit quietly again and think about the places in which God’s light shines most brightly in your life. What impurities are you still aware of that need to be removed? In what ways has the cleansing process God has taken you through revealed those? It what ways has this process allowed the true colours of God’s light to shine through? How does God want you to respond in order to continue the cleansing process?
Now listen to this video. Is there any further response God would ask of you at this time?
Such a beautiful reflection, Christine
Thanks, Christine. The company of friends on the same journey is a good gift.
Thank you for this, Christine. As always your reflection is really helpful and timely for me. I am becoming more and more aware of the distinction you make here between brokenness and impurity. In my brokenness, I can become weary, closed, bitter, defended. Since Rod’s stroke in March (he is doing well in his recovery) I have learned so much about letting go of many things including tying my tummy in knots in a useless effort at control of things and others. When I open my self to the Holy Spirit in this way of letting go, it is like your washing of your glass and my ‘stuff’ seems gently washed aside to the edges and away and I am left with a strong knowing of Christ my Light, and my brokenness. Thankfully I follow a Man of Sorrows who understands every shattered piece and yet seems to use those broken pieces to reflect his love into the lives of others in ways that are beyond me.
I have prayed for your beautiful place and the vandilism. It has been beautiful to watch Christ shine through your disappointment and pain and hurt. You were open to him shining through your own brokenness just like your candle. Even the fact that you were willing to communally come up with an idea to make use of the broken shards of your lovely windows and not just toss the glass in the garbage in despair, leads me to this kind of attitude and living. Thank you, Christine.
love and peace of heart to you both,
Bev. Wilson (Regent)
Thanks Bev. I appreciate your comment and am glad that my own journey has been a help for you as well. Step by step we walk and the company of friends who are grappling with their own brokenness and vulnerability certainly helps. Glad to hear your husband is doing well. Blessings on you both.
May the light of Christ shine through us in all we write! Thanks, Christine. I’ll highlight your beautiful prayer and post on the Christian Poets & Writers blog – http://www.christianpoetsandwriters.com
Thanks Mary – always appreciate your help in getting the word out to a broader audience – I hope this may be a blessing to many.
This is beautiful. I have shared this with friends here in the UK
Thanks Nora. I am glad you liked it and appreciate you sharing