There’s a lot of darkness around us, enough to make us think it overpowers the light. In his sermon last Sunday, Ric described how the magi in Matthew 2 are examples of three ways that light can break into darkness: 1) be light and bring hope to others; 2) move to follow the light with our actions; and 3) get out of the way of the light.
At the end, Ric encouraged us to be scavengers of light. Usually we think that light just exists, but to scavenge implies that one has to do the work of uncovering it and making it visible.
I gave myself a little test by trying to be a scavenger of light for a day. At the gym, there is an elderly woman who walks slowly to her cardio bicycle and doesn’t seem to say much to anyone. A while back, I started saying hello to her when I saw her. On Tuesday, not only did I get a hello back but there was a smile with it—a little bit of light.
When I returned home, I had an urgent call from a client about a problem with his web host. Technically, it wasn’t my problem to solve, but I knew the client had no idea how to fix things and customer support was non-responsive. I listened and said I would do what I could to help get things working. The sigh of relief was quite audible—another bit of light.
Pope Francis recently said that the biggest influence on society is everyday people doing everyday small deeds like being kind. He called them “the artisans of the common good.”
Being a scavenger of light and an artisan of the common good sounds like a good Anabaptist thing to do.