Devotional – Monday, May 4, 2020

The Prism in the Window …

A single prism – a tiny thing – but so beautiful. When the sun shines through it, this tiny object hanging from a ribbon in my window, casts rainbows on the floor (and sometimes on the wall) – its many facets reflecting the sunlight. The brightness and location of the rainbows depends on the direction and brightness of the source of light. I never cease to be amazed that this tiny prism, made beautiful by the unique design of its own facets – can brighten my day and inspire me over and over again.

As I was admiring it one morning, I couldn’t help wondering how magnificent the effect would be, if many prisms were hanging together in that window … prisms of all different shapes and designs, but all transmitting the same sunlight. Can you even imagine how glorious that would be? The cumulative effect of all the prisms together would be magnificent, with multiple rainbows dancing all around the room!

This is how it is with us, as Christians. Each of us is a very special prism, designed by God, Himself. Each of us can individually cast rainbows – each time we reach out to others with kindness, compassion and love. We can pray and worship with no one else around, and we can show what it means to be a Christian – by the way we live our lives. These things we can do… all by ourselves. But how much more powerful it is when we join with other Christians to worship our Lord, to study the holy scriptures together, and to combine our hearts, talents and energy to spread the story of Jesus Christ and His teachings. Together, we are casting many brilliant rainbows – far and wide. In the words of Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

The source of light for all of our prisms is Jesus Christ. In John 8:13 (RSV), “Jesus spoke to them, saying, I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” Whether we are casting rainbows alone, or together with other Christians, His light is there for us.

Let’s hold hands and follow Him together to make a difference. Though we can’t be physically together while in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we can bind our hearts, thoughts and prayers in spirit. I look forward to the day when we can worship together again in the House of the Lord. I am thankful for the little prism in my window, and for the joy and inspiration that it imparts.

Offered by Gladys Runnels

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