This week Emma helped us explore Jesus saying “I am the Light of the World”
We started with some discussion of the various Bible passages that speak about light. In John’s gospel Jesus is introduced in the opening chapter as the true light coming into the world to enlighten everyone, a light that darkness can not overcome. Later in the gospel Jesus makes it clear that he is that light (John 8:12). We were interested to explore the difference in Matthew’s gospel. Here Jesus tells the disciples they are the light of the world (Matt 5:14-16). We threw around questions about whether we have the light of Christ in us, whether we have our own light that God gives us, or whether we act as reflectors – reflecting the light of Christ when we are turned towards Him.
After our discussion we went into the chapel to explore three different stations that Emma had created. The first had a child’s kaleidoscope along with a reflection and an invitation to look through the lens. The coloured patterns fell into place as the scope was slowly twisted, giving moments of clarity and beauty.
The second station was a very simple tray for votive candles, with an invitation to light a candle and pray. There was the reminder that even when surrounded by great darkness the candle still burns brightly.
The third station was a bit more complex. A bright light was shone onto a large sheet of paper. People sat in front of the paper and someone then drew the silhouette of their head. Once this had been done the person wrote or drew ways that Jesus has
been a light in their life inside the shape of their head. Outside the shape they drew ways in which they could be light to the world.
Once we had finished exploring the three station we returned to coffee and chat. Emma shared with us C S Lewis’s famous saying “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
and Malcolm Guite’s poem ‘I am the Light’ which drew together many of the themes explored in the stations. Vicky commented that the poem described every detail of the walk she had done the previous day. Maybe God was trying to reveal His light and, as the poem says continually ‘call me back to you’.