” Genesis 1:3-5 God said, Let there be light; he willed it, and at once there was light…And in the new creation, the first thing that is wrought in the soul is light…The day and the night are the Lord’s; let us use both to his honour, by working for him every day, and resting in him every night, meditating in his law both day and night.” – Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
From all the chaos of creation the first thing to emerge was light. This says to me that light is an important thing when talking about healing and nourishing the soul. So when my husband and I were creating GraceStone Sanctuary one of our chief aims was to fill it with as much light as possible. We removed dusty tired drapes and cleaned the windows until they sparkled. We polished dull wooden walls and floors until they shone fresh once again. We exchanged dark and moody paneling with drywall painted antique ivory. And we replaced smoky light fixtures from the 80’s era with vintage glass and crystal ones.
Finally the day came when the electrician had finished wiring and hanging each light. That day is one we will remember – always. As we went from room to room flipping on the switches, the house resounded with the kind of silence that is emitted during moments of deep reverence. Each light seemed more beautiful than the next. The house came alive with light. The antique chandeliers and old pendant lights that had been discarded by previous owners had found a new place to shine with a new mission of welcoming strangers, friends, and family to receive regeneration of soul.
photo courtesy of Tim Hernandez
How often have I needed to do the same thing to my internal spiritual home? Shaking off what no longer fills my soul with light and polishing the glass and wood of my spirit allows me to grow into a new spiritual brilliance. And I find that filling myself with song and scripture and other good words does the very same thing as all those refurbished lights hanging from the ceiling. It brings out a more light and bright “me” to be welcoming and caring for all those I meet in my life journey.
Our prayer is that our home, GraceStone Sanctuary, will be a “light on a hill that cannot be hidden.” (from Matthew 5:14) May it be filled with the light of the Grace and Love of Christ.
“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
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