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Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Shape of the Soul | Day One | Rays of Light



Make a prayer date with yourself outside in the sunshine this week. As you are warmed by the rays of the sun, look around you and feel the light and warmth as palpable love pouring down on you and all of creation. Say a prayer of gratitude for this light, and love, that continually nurtures and transforms you.

Journal about how you feel when you are in the light and what light means to you - love, truth, personal insight, eternal optimism, joy. If you have been holding on to darkness or pain, “find a place inside where there’s joy and the joy will burn out the pain.” (Joseph Campbell)

Consider your own internal light - the light of your soul. How are you shining your light out into the world? Do you have talents undeveloped, loving thought unexpressed, exuberance suppressed? How might you allow your light to shine brighter and with broader scope - so that Jesus’ love, though you, may even more brilliantly shine upon the world?

How might you recognize and acknowledge the light of Christian love in others? How can you help others to shine more brightly, to become more like Jesus, who came, “...as a light to shine in this dark world...” (John 12:46)

This week, allow yourself radiant, joyful expression. Let Christ’s love shine out from your soul for all to see. Jesus is, “the one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone.” (John 1:9)




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Journaling Prompts:

“You are the light of the world - like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

Light is love and truth. “Nothing is so pure as light...Nothing can defile its rays or pollute its beams...shines equally on prince and pauper...shines upon both slums and palaces.” (Herbert Lockyer) Jesus’ love and truth are for everyone and we are not to keep this light, love and truth to ourselves, but share it with the world. “A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine. For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light.(Mark 4:21-22)

Through our Christian fellowship, we are to, “radiate a spiritual revelation to all around...by life and example Christians are to show the way back to God.” (Herbert Lockyer) “If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” (Luke 11:36)

Light is dual in nature, made up of both waves and particles. Light, as truth and love, is therefore a force and a thing, a way for us to mentally and physically experience God, at least in the limited scope that we are able to perceive by way of our minds and bodies. But, “... atoms are not as real as souls, and souls are not as real as God.” (Peter Keeft, The Philosophy of Jesus) Our souls are our most ‘real’ selves and our most intimate connection to God. 

“How far that little candle throws his beams. So shines a good deed in a weary
world.” (William Shakespeare)

“The purpose of light is to create more light, to open people’s eye, to reveal the marvels
around.” (Paulo Coelho)

“...we all shine one, like the moon, the stars and the sun.” (John Lennon)


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Tomorrow: Angel Wings