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stain glass window

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before men

The new stained glass windows in our church are exquisite. Each Sunday I admire their majestic beauty. The colors glow so vibrantly and the pictures depict one wonderful biblical scene or another.

Recently, when I attended an evening service, I saw things from a new perspective. When I walked toward the church my eyes were drawn to the round stained glass window high upon the building. The stars were shining and the moon was full, but their beauty was not as amazing as the sight of the stained glass window illuminated by the interior lights of the church. The glow was intense and it was a truly beautiful sight.

When I entered the church I settled in the pew and glanced at the side stained glass windows. They were dark and forlorn, showing no beauty at all. The magnificent colors and the story told with each window were obliterated from my sight. Of course! There was no light shining through them ! I knew they were compiled of many beautiful pieces of cut glass, perfectly fitted together to depict a special Bible story. But knowing what compiled them and seeing their beauty display (in the daylight) were two different things .

Likewise, a person can have a colorful and well put together life. But if Jesus doesn't live within them, they will not have the proper light to shine through them to illuminate their assets.

Marion Smith noles65@aol.com

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