January 16, 2011


“I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
Isaiah 49:6

When I read this scripture passage the first time, I interpreted the word “you” to mean “me.” Immediately humbled, I surveyed my efforts to make a difference in the world, recognizing their value but doubting their ability to take the Lord’s salvation to the ends of the earth.

Upon reading this verse from Isaiah a second, third and fourth time, I read the “you” as a collective you. What each of us does together can save the earth—stop violence, protect the soil, air and water, and serve the poor.

Could do more as an individual? Yes. Would it be enough? Not unless I connect to the divine essence of others.

Promising initiatives abound. The retired woman who heads up an energy-saving program for her church. The volunteers who meet monthly with abused women as part of Serenity Sisters. The mentors who advise refugees and immigrants starting up new businesses. The faithful cooks and servers who feed the homeless. The service men and women who put their lives on the line in faraway countries. The inventors who develop renewable energy sources.

As we leave the dark womb of Advent and celebrate the revealed presence of God in Jesus, may we know that we come together in a global movement for peace, justice and health.

O Holy One, help us trust we will save the earth by reflecting God’s light and sharing it with others. Amen

What gifts do I have to offer to the world?

Written by Diane Glass

The Bridge is a collaborative ministry by four Downtown Des Moines churches. The Bridge Meditations are part of the ministry of The Bridge which is working to enrich the lives of those working, living and visiting downtown Des Moines. Programs developed by The Bridge offer spiritual formation and development, professional counseling, holistic health and family support. The Connection Cafe is a Bridge ministry which provides a free mid-day meal five days per week. The Connection Cafe is located next to the YWCA on Grand Avenue and is supported by many churches and civic organizations in its ministry. For more information, or to volunteer to help with The Bridge, The Connection Cafe or other Downtown Des Moines ministries contact Rob Hoover at 515-771-1481 or by email at theconnectioncafe@hotmail.com

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