Sunday, May 13, 2007


There are two ways of spreading light:to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
~Edith Wharton~
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(TM)~
Father,make us shine brightly for you in this very dark world.Amen.
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Paula said...

Isn't The Message wonderful! Seems like I've been gaining such insight from hearing the Bible in a fresh way . . .

Sharon said...

Hi Paula!
So lovely to "see"you once again!Yes indeed I LOVE the Message version!Though I do not have my own copy here at home I do use the online one I found at .They have several different versions you can read at their site.I also like for the same type of thing!And I really liked how the message version seemed to just"flow"from my quote by Edith a natural bridge...God is so good.I knew He inspired me to look it up in this version...He's good that way!

Islandsparrow said...

Hi Sharon,

The Message has such a fresh way of expressing the truths in Scripture - I have another Eugene Petersen book
on order from Amazon."Eat This Book" - I'm looking forward to reading it.

Thanks for the email - I'm glad you are enjoying my blog!

Sharon said...

Hi islandsparrow!
Yes,the message does have a wonderful way of expressing things.I am waiting to see it come down in price a bit before purchasing it!Blessings on you this day!