A daily devotional about God working through us
Posted in , Jun 4, 2010
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”—Matthew 5:16
One of the finest museums in New York is the Cloisters, a collection of medieval sculpture, art and stained glass housed in authentic remnants of various medieval cloisters. Perched above the Hudson River, it’s a peaceful haven in a crowded, noisy city. Taking guided tours through the gardens and rooms, I enjoy discovering the symbols in the art that say so much about my faith.
But what particularly delights me is the guide’s explanation for why stained glass was so popular in church architecture. “It’s the only artistic medium,” she explains, “that doesn’t reflect light. Instead what we see is the light shining through the glass illuminating the figures.” I see the light shining through John the Baptist, Mary Magdalene, Peter and Paul, and making them glow like the true light of the Son in all His followers. I like that image. When we serve Him, we shine to the extent that He is working through us.