Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Windows

"The Windows" by Mrs. Paul Singleton. First Presbyterian Church of Vernon. Late Summer or Fall, 1988

They unlocked the door to the store room, switched on the dim light bulb, brushed aside the cobwebs and cautiously approached the old stained glass windows that had once been a part of the old Presbyterian Church on Wilbarger Street.

"They surely are dull," said one.

"Not really great works of art," said another.

"I am disappointed," added a third, "because all the older church members said they were really beautiful."

One, who seemed to be the head of the group, said, "We promised to try to utilize them some way so maybe when we get them cleaned up they will look better."

Some weeks later the old windows, cracks, dust and missing solder, stood in the corner of the narthex, and this same group of people still shook their heads as they looked at the windows.

"You really can't tell what they look like without some light, can you?" asked one.

So they swung open one of the doors to the late afternoon sun and carefully slid one window over to catch the rays of light. The window depicted the frightened shepherds in the fields near Bethlehem gazing in awe at the angel.

The brilliance of the colors imprisoned in the glass glowed in rich reds, golds, greens and blues—the beauty was there after all! It only took some light to reveal the potential glory.

"I am the light of the world." (John 8:12)

"Ye are the light of the world." (Matthew 5:14)

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)

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