Sparkle and Glow
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Sparkle and Glow
By Lois Parker Edstrom
If you could be a color what color would you like to be? The color blue makes us feel calm. Red is an exciting color. Yellow is cheerful. Green makes us think of nature. Purple is a color a king would wear. Orange is playful. Pink is soft.
Here is a picture of a very famous stained glass window. It is the rose window of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. See how all the colors sparkle and glow. No one color is more important than another. All the colors are needed to produce this beautiful work of art. Notice also, the many shapes of glass and how the shapes are placed in different positions within the frame.
When sunlight shines through a stained glass window we are especially blessed with its beauty. (If your church has stained glass windows, take a moment to enjoy them with the children.)
Imagine that you are a color and you are a part of a beautiful stained glass window. You are important and together with all the other colors and shapes of glass you make something very beautiful – a work of art.
The Bible tells us that “…even as we have many members in one body, and all the members don’t have the same function” (12:4) “so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (12:4).
Being a part of God’s family is like being a part of a stained glass window. We each have an important gift that is needed to fit into the frame of the church. We may have the ability to teach or lead or minister to others. We may have the gift of caring and cheerfulness and be able to give encouragement. Your gift is special and is just for you. Finding and using your special gift is an adventure that helps you understand “what is the will of God” for your life.
When our individual gifts are combined with the gifts of other Christians, we have the ability to make something very beautiful. God’s light transforms us, just like sunlight causes our stained glass windows to sparkle and glow.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan