Reflecting the Light

Each week we worship in the chapel and in the sanctuary beneath stain glass windows that powerfully reflect the light that God created on the first day. As the light enters the window it is brilliantly magnified and we feel the love and power of God. This praise and acknowledgement of the presence of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit sustains us as we enter into the following week. We are reminded of the words of Matthew, “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” If you return to South Highland on any Tuesday, you will see SHPC member Jeannie Burton powerfully reflecting the light of God through her actions with the Good Samaritan ministry.

Jeannie Burton has a passion and boundless talent for living into the charge we are given in Romans, “Share with God’s people who are in need”. The Good Samaritan ministry, led by Jeannie, provides both church members and people coming to the church doors the financial help needed for daily expenses such as food, utility bills, and prescriptions. Many people in need arrive with a dark and broken spirit. However, this is not a “get your billed paid and move on” ministry for Jeannie. She listens to each story. She gives of her time to understand the need and pain and then she offers advice to correct the issue in a sustainable long-term manner. As Luke writes, “Your eye is the lamp of your body”, and without a doubt, the people who share their story with Jeannie see the light and love of God in front of them. They see how to “let your light shine”. It is our hope and prayer that this magnificent reflection of God’s light sustains them to feel the love and power of God, just as we do here each Sunday. Jeannie Burton is a demonstration of how the actions of others can change lives…with the passion of Christ.