No Secrets!

Pastor Ball tells us this weekend that “Some of the greatest taste and light we have to share comes in the form of forgiveness. And that begins here at St. Paul in the way that we treat one another. When we raise children who daily repent of their sins, we send light out into the community. Jesus’ cross, while a mystery to many, is not meant to to be a secret among us. The power of forgiveness is too life-changing not to share!”

“Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom, lead thou me on!”  These poetic words by John Henry Newman, an English clergyman, begin a hymn that is much loved in many parts of the Christian community worldwide.  The linking of the light that is Christ with the descriptive word kindly, which is related to the attribute of kindness, is appropriate to the Epiphany season.  In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls His hearers to be lights in the world.  Letting our light shine with kindness is evidence of the fruit of the Spirit growing in, through, and among us.