You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 5:14-16

The Windows

by George Herbert

Lord, how can man preach thy eternal word? 

    He is a brittle crazy glass; 

Yet in thy temple thou dost him afford 

    This glorious and transcendent place, 

    To be a window, through thy grace. 
But when thou dost anneal in glass thy story, 

    Making thy life to shine within 

The holy preachers, then the light and glory 

    More reverend grows, and more doth win; 

    Which else shows waterish, bleak, and thin. 
Doctrine and life, colors and light, in one 

    When they combine and mingle, bring 

A strong regard and awe; but speech alone 

    Doth vanish like a flaring thing, 

    And in the ear, not conscience, ring.

Lord, may my life be a window through which your love and grace shines through. 


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