Wallowing in the Light

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-16 The Message (MSG).

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Jesus used metaphors to explain hard to explain stuff. I like that. A metaphor is so much easier to understand. It gives me a picture I can relate to and understand.

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This has been a season for me of being a light-bearer, a holder of light in the darkness. Bringing out the God-colors in the landscape of daily living.

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I’ve always been both a words person and a visual person. But for most of the time, given a choice between my paintbrush or my pencil, I’ve picked up the pencil first. Right now words are hard.

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Where to begin? How to write? What words do justice to what I want to say? Sometimes, words just don’t cut it. My time for that is now.

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I’ve been wanting to share something of my journey in the last few months and it’s been hard to begin to know where to even start, let alone have the time to get organised to blog.

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I’ve been a ‘light holder’ for my daughter who has been battling major depression.

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It’s been a tough time and yet a time of privilege.

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Yet again, faced with difficulties my faith has been a comfort, a support and a guide.

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I don’t know how it goes for those without a faith who are coping with the darkness of depression and for those who are supporting a loved one through such an ordeal. I can only imagine how hard it must be.

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For the last seven months I’ve been living and breathing a daily neverending prayer conversation both spoken and unspoken to Jesus, Light of the World.

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And I’ve been so grateful for the presence of God.

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Hope…

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Stillness…

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Patience…

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Calm…

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Peace…

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Reslience…

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Love…

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Endurance…

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Presence….

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Encouragement…

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Faith…

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These are the names of the paints I have been using to show the light.

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Almost every day we go for a walk to our local beach and we enjoy the light reflecting on the water.

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It gives us hope and confidence in better times ahead.

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Even in the darkest moments The Light has been with us.

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The Light is always with us.

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I thought I’d share some of my light photos with you from our beautiful Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

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It’s interesting look back at these photos from the last six weeks. The most beautiful light photos are when there are clouds or rain… it’s almost as if God is reminding me right now that The Light is even more present and beautiful in the tough times.

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A picture really is worth a thousand words.

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