April 30, 2020
Through the Prism of Christianity
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.” II Corinthians 5:17
English writer and lay theologian, C.S. Lewis, wrote: “I believe in Christianity, as I believe the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
The Apostle Paul tells us in II Corinthians that when one becomes a Christian one sees the world differently. Instead of despair, one sees promise. Instead of hopelessness, one sees hope. Instead of fear, one sees courage. When Christ walks alongside you view the world and the people in it through a different prism: a prism of love and optimism. As Paul said: “The old things have passed away:” pessimism, bitterness, envy, greed, unforgiveness.
C. S. Lewis also wrote that “you are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” Christianity teaches to hope and pray for better things to come. In today’s climate, we might dream that the world is going to be an even better place to live and that we will have readjusted our life styles to better reflect the values of family and friends and a greater appreciation of the beauty of God’s creation.
This we pray. This we dream.
Prayer: Gracious God, we come to You with the hope that we can see others through the prism of love, faith, and understanding. May we look to you for the strength to be a strong witness in this time of great challenge for us all. In Your name we pray. Amen.