There is a story about a little boy spending his Saturday morning playing in his sandbox. He had a box of cars and trucks, a plastic pail and shiny red shovel. In the process of creating roads and tunnels in the soft stand, he discovered a large rock in the middle of the sandbox. The lad dug around the rock managing to dislodge it from the dirt. He was a little one and the rock was large but finally the boy got the rock to the edge of the sandbox. However, he found out he couldn’t roll it up and over the little wall. The little boy determined, shoved and pushed but every time he thought he had made some progress the rock tipped and then fell back into the sandbox. The little boy grunted and persisted, but when the rock rolled and smashed his fingers he burst into tears of frustration.  All this time the boy’s mother watched from the living room the drama unfold.  At the moment the tears fell… a large shadow fell cross the boy in the sandbox. It was the boy’s mother. “Son why didn’t you use all the strength you had available.”  The defeated little boy replied back, “But I did. I did used all the strength that I had.” His mother said gently, “You didn’t use all the strength. You didn’t ask for help.” And with that the mother bent down, pick up the rock and moved it from the sandbox. Rabbi Harold S. Kushner once wrote: “God is the light shining in the midst of darkness, not to deny that there is darkness in the world but to reassure us that we do not have to be afraid of the darkness because darkness will always yield to light.”

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:16
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

Reflection Questions:
Who needs your strength?
What reassures you that God is present?
How are your good works giving glory to God?

Prayer: Holy God, give me a big heart, a welcoming spirit, imagination and strength to serve others. Help me to envision new ways of shining your light.  Amen.