Church Stuff-More or less

Does the church make sense or do we make it too hard for people to come in? I think yes and yes and the task then is to make it easier. Maybe for someone out there, this will be the case. I write as a Lutheran (or, perhaps a Lutherpalian) although I might seem out of the mainstream from time to time. That's okay, isn't it? Let's blog on.

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Contrary to what Google will tell you, I have been blogging for several year, right here. Look for Churchstuff-moreorless. life was a hell of a lot easier when you could talk to someone to get help. Now, you can't do it on the telephone, you can't do it on the internet. Life was easier and made more sense because people actually cared. Now they will screw you as quickly as they will help you. Unfuck the world.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Monday's Devotion from Epiphany

Luke 11. 33“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar, but on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. (NRSV)

When I became active in the church as a teenager, I quickly learned to sing “This Little Light of mine…” It’s a nice ditty, good for kids, VBS and confirmation camp but sometimes I rue that is where we left it.

Nowadays, we only use candles for aroma and more often than not, our lights have dimmer switches that we set down low. Mood things, I guess. Too many of us do that with the Light of Faith, and there are times when, at best, it is a dimly burning wick. Not what Jesus expected, do you think? Lighting our candles and placing them on stands might brighten our rooms, but is that what this is really all about?

Jesus was the Light of the World and it is what he expects of us, as well. Taking a lit candle outdoors even on the cloudiest of days doesn’t seem realistic but, hey, what on the surface that Jesus commands does?

There is a darkness covering our world, darkness threatening to extinguish the spirits of all those we see around us. The good news is that its never too late. Light your candle, take it outside, be a light of the world. The time is now.

Our wicks are trimmed but it hard keeping our candles lit. Enflame our souls and kindle our lights so that the darkness can be again overcome. Amen


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