“You are the light of the world -- like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see.” (Matthew 5:14, NLT).
I have a sad story to tell. . .
The story has a happy ending. . .
Seven years ago, a young boy named Scotty died of cancer. . .
Two other children in two other families died. . .
There are dark days in the lives of those who experience the death of their children.
Light pierces through the darkness of our lives—if we choose. . .
A foundation was formed named from three words Scotty used, “See Ya Later”. . . the light pierced through the darkness. . .
The foundation dreamed of ways to touch children’s lives. . .
The families belonged to Church on The Hill in McMinnville, Oregon. . .
The Church wanted to extend the reach to children and their families. . .
A dream became a reality. . .
A two-story-state-of-the-art addition to the church has been built dedicated to be used by the community and county children and their families. . .
An indoor play structure, attached to the end of the children’s wing, has been constructed through the help of the “See Ya Later” foundation. . .
Scotty’s Playhouse—a large, two story glass structure—which includes a gigantic play structure, a glass wall, built of glass bricks, etched with blessings and memories from families and individuals, old fashioned lamp posts line the pathway of fun, and a mural painted on a two-story wall depicting light, laughter, love, and freedom for children to be children at play. (By the way—Scotty is in the picture holding on to a streamer attached to plane. The streamer says, “See ya later”). . .
The glass playhouse is lit up every night—and glows in the night for all to see.
Tomorrow is the grand opening. . .
Everyone is invited to the party. . .
The light of God pierced through the darkness. Sadness for three families has been transformed into joy for many families. Those who experience His light have the opportunity to be light to others.
Christ Jesus explained, “You are the light of the world -- like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see.”
Is your life transparent?
Do others see the illumination of the light of Christ within you?
In the darkness of circumstances and challenges—are you the light?
Confess whatever is blocking the view of His light in your life—poor attitudes, arguing, gossiping, bitterness, etc. . . .
Be light to your world—glowing in the darkness of the world for all to see.
Learning with you to be the light that glows in the darkness of the world ,
(All devotions written by Kerrie Palmer ©2007 All Rights Reserved)
Addendum: Of course—no matter where you live—you are invited to come tomorrow and experience the birth of a dream.
And—I would ask you to pray for the children and the families that come—asking God that they experience an afternoon (1:00-6:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time) of light, love, and laughter.