Phyllis GillSister Phyllis Gill
Monday of Holy Week

I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,
I have grasped you by the hand;
I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people,
a light for the nations,
To open the eyes of the blind,
to bring out prisoners from confinement,
and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.  (Is. 42:6-7)

We have been called!  Called by God!  What for?  The above answers the question but it seems like a pretty big task.  How can I live it out?  Each of us, in our own little nook of the world, maybe needs to assess our everyday life and find ways we can be a light for someone we know or meet.  How can I open the eyes of the “blind” or help bring someone just one more step out of what confines them – what darkness surrounds them.  It may only be a smile, a grateful word, a compliment, a hello, an encouraging word, a helping hand, . . .   They may not seem like much but I know sometimes, I can be lost in my own thoughts, needs, or moods and  not be aware that the person in front of me or someone I know could use a little “light” in their life and I could be the source of it.  Little things can make a big difference!

And so I pray for the wisdom and awareness to be light for others, by remembering with the Psalmist:  “The Lord is my light and my salvation”.  May the awareness of the Lord with me at all times help me draw on God’s strength and love and be able to pass it on.