Happy Monday. 🙂 Two weeks ago, I found this poem in a scrapbook of various clippings my mom collected.
Others may be art glass
Of rainbow hue;
I choose to be a windowpane
For the sun to shine through.
A clear pane,
A clean pane—
Is what I would be—
Unconcerned with temperament
I would have Love shine through me,
So that my friends would say,
Not, “What a lovely pane of glass!”
But “What a lovely day!”
—The Christian Science Monitor, April 26, 1940
~by Katherine Collins
Saying I love this doesn’t seem enough. The selflessness, humility, grace, and Christianity expressed in this poem is a great antidote for self-aggrandizement or even a desire for a little personal recognition. As a very dirty window would obscure the clarity of the day, so pride and egotism obscures the clarity and power of the Christ.
While getting ready for church yesterday, I realized an open and unobstructed window is exactly what church should be all about. A church that strives to be a window like this is a church I love. After all, who doesn’t need a clear view of the power and presence of good?
Do you see this when you go to your church? I’d like to hear more about what keeps these windows of light open or what blocks the view. As always feel free to share in the comments below, or privately using the contact page.