January 19, 2014


“God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. “
1 Corinthians 1:9

Did you ever sing, Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam? I did years ago in Vacation Bible School.

God’s call to fellowship starts early. Nothing seemed outrageous about the idea that Jesus had a place for me in something big and inviting. It was fun to sing, hear Bible stories, and do crafts together. I wanted to shine too.

The song’s title came to mind when I realized today’s scripture would be read in Epiphany, the Church’s season for spreading the light of Christ to the world and calling the all peoples to fellowship. I looked up the words to Nellie Talbot’s poem on the internet.

Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam
Jesus wants me for a sunbeam
To shine for him each day;
In ev’ry way try to please him,
At home, at school, at play.

Jesus wants me to be loving
And kind to all I see,
Showing how pleasant and happy
His little one can be.

Chorus: A sunbeam, a sunbeam,
Jesus wants me for a sunbeam.
A sunbeam, a sunbeam,
I’ll be a sunbeam for him.

The job description for sunbeaming says nothing about competition to be at the head of the line or the brightest beam. We would all shine together.

Many Sunday school lessons, sermons, and theological discussions later I discover if I substitute “adult” for “little one,” the call to fellowship stays the same. Jesus still wants me for a sunbeam.

Faithful God, help us polish our sunbeaming skills to bring the light of your loving kindness to others. Amen

How does being a sunbeam change my life?

Footnote: It doesn’t seem to be known when or where Nellie Talbot wrote these words. The tune, however, was added later by Edwin O. Excell 1851-1921.

Written by Nancy Alice Morton

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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