Saturday, February 7, 2009

Live... love... shine... illuminate

Stage next on our "stop the house from falling apart" project is a new roof. Hey, it's only money. But the old shingles have - quite literally - been crumbling away; plus we've had a few leaks off and on the past year, and the one major breech cascades in during even a mild rain. So the crew is coming out Monday to strip and rip before laying primo dimensional tile.

We've been talking about light a lot in this space so it's more than apropos we're replacing one skylight and adding two "Solatubes ". The Solatube technology serves as a conduit for channeling concentrated natural light through a series of prisms and then diffusing that light into dark places.

Typically, few places in a house are completely dark; light comes in through the windows, bounces around and eventually the second-hand light seeps into even remote corners; there's a dingy quality to the illumination that leaves dreary spots in most homes.

But with the Solatube the results are spectacular; light just about floods the dark spaces.

We live in a world that often lives in the half-light; light that's artificial or left over from the past and with most of the life already wrung out of it. What Jesus offers is a connection to the source. We own this opportunity/responsibility to be prisms, disseminating life through our finger-tips like George Baily's image of lassoing the moon, swallowing it, and glory coming out through our finger and toes and hair. (It's A Wonderful Life)
  • George: What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon, Mary...
  • Mary: I'll take it. Then what?
  • George: Well, then you can swallow it, and it'll all dissolve, see... and the moonbeams would shoot out of your fingers and your toes and the ends of your hair....
I appreciate the way Paul put out the challenge in his letter to the church in Ephesus. "Since you have become the Lord's people, you are in the light. So you must live like people who belong to thee light." Ephesians 5:8

Live... love... shine... illuminate - DEREK

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