But you are the chosen race, the King’s priest, the holy nation, God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his own marvellous light. At one time you were not God’s people, but now you are his people; at one time you did not know God’s mercy, but now you have received his mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10
In the Anglican Baptismal service part of this passage is quoted just after the actual baptism when a lit candle is handed to the person who has been baptised or their parents – the minister says “God has brought you out of darkness into his marvellous light”. And the congregation reply “Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father”.
We are in a time where it is very important that we as God’s people shine His grace, light and mercy into a world racked with fear, anxiety, loneliness, depression and physical distancing removing the comforting hand or presence of a friend.
We need to be willing to demonstrate Jesus’. love, mercy and peace to those around us, to shine as a light into the darkness created by the prince of the World. This may be done as a phone call, a letter written, a video call, a deliberate prayer, a gentle word or smile to those with whom we come in contact in the shops, down the street or at work, there are many ways we can share this light and mercy.
Let us shine a light to those whom we come in contact at this time.
Rev Steve Neuhaus
Eagles Rest Ministries