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Sparkle & Shine

August 5, 2017

Give me hope
in the darkness
that I will 
see the light
— Mumford + Sons


We’ve been thinking together since Wednesday about light and darkness.

About the difference.

About our responsibilities as people who walk in the light of the love of God as given through Christ Jesus.

About us being light bearers.

I’ve loved hearing from you about all this, and I thank you.

For these four days now, a song’s been playing in my head and heart. I keep seeing its images. And they are ours, yours, mine, all of us.

So without any interruption on my part, here’s the English version of Sois La Semilla by Caesareo Gabarain —

You are the seed that will grow a new sprout;
you’re a star that will shine in the night;
you are the yeast and a small grain of salt,
a beacon to glow in the dark.
You are the dawn that will bring a new day;
you’re the wheat that will bear golden grain;
you are a sting and a soft, gentle touch,
my witnesses where’er you go.


Go, my friends, go to the world, proclaiming love to all,
messengers of my forgiving peace, eternal love.
Be, my friends, a loyal witness, from the dead I arose;
“Lo, I’ll be with you forever, till the end of the world.”

You are the flame that will lighten the dark,
sending sparkles of hope, faith, and love;
you are the shepherds to lead the whole world
through valleys and pastures of peace.
You are the friends that I chose for myself,
the word that I want to proclaim.
You are the new kingdom built on a rock
where justice and truth always reign.

You are the life that will nurture the plant;
you’re the waves in a turbulent sea;
yesterday’s yeast is beginning to rise,
a new loaf of bread it will yield.
There is no place for a city to hide,
nor a mountain can cover its might;
may your good deeds show a world in despair
a path that will lead all to God.


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