You are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14 NRSV)
There was quite a story in NEWSWEEK magazine a couple of years ago. Titled, "Pass the Moonscreen, Comrade," the story told about a project that scientists in Russia have embarked upon. It is the deployment of a solar-reflecting satellite that scientists hope will bring a little light to long wintry northern nights in that cold desolate country. An 82-foot diameter satellite will circle our earth that will be as illuminating as 10 moons. Lucky Earthlings in select cities throughout the Northern Hemisphere may be awash in an eight-mile-wide spotlight from space. Says a spokesman: "Young eyes . . . will be able to read by it." Or moonbathe by it. If tests go well, the consortium will create a constellation of reflectors.

What a creative idea--to dispel darkness. It was an idea God had at the beginning of creation. "And God said, 'Let there be light.' And behold there was light." Then when God chose to redeem creation we read, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it."

Dear God, may I too reflect your light of love. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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