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The Mirror Needs Polishing

June 9, 2018

Novelist Edith Wharton once said: “There are two ways of spreading light, to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

Timothy Merrill writes a weekly devotional I send to At Home Union-ites (people in our church — Union United Methodist Church in Belleville, IL — who are homebound) along with a companion puzzle page, and a weekly update letter from me.  Picking up on Eidth Wharton’s line about candles and mirrors, he writes:

We can’t be the candle. Christ is the candle.

We can be — we must be — the mirrors.

Less than 100 years ago, many homes in America were still lit with lamps. Some of these lamps were affixed to wall sconces, which consisted in part of a mirror or
reflecting surface.

Plato was once told that a man in the city had been spreading slanderous charges against him. Plato’s answer: “I will live in such a way that no one will believe what
he says.” What if we took his example, and lived like mirrors, reflecting the light? What if we lived lives that were so bright with the love of God, that everyone would know we
had the light of God within us?

Let’s be the light.

There’s no problem with the Candle. It’s the mirror that needs polishing. We aren’t the source of light, but the prism. Not the candle, but the mirror.

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