By: Diane McGinty

Matthew 5:14-16

You are the light of the world… it gives light to everyone in the house… let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.


My husband Kevin and I teach in our church’s program for the parents and godparents of children who will be baptized. Many of them no longer attend church although baptizing their babies is a family tradition. So this is a wonderful opportunity to invite them back to an active life with God and to share our stories that portray a Christian life as relevant and meaningful.

After one class, a woman told us that her teenage son was taking drugs and asked for our ideas on dealing with this challenge. We listened with empathy and prayed with her, and I e-mailed her a prayer for protection and healing that she could pray for her son each day.

Six months later, I received an e-mail from this woman, who had since experienced a nervous breakdown. Her mother had been seriously ill, her son was in jail, and she had self-medicated and was experiencing withdrawal. Her friends had told her they didn’t have time to help her. She remembered that we had reached out to her with God’s love.

Following a trusting and intimate phone conversation, I sent her some devotional books and was able to connect this woman with CIC sisters who brought her to a Celebrate Recovery program at their church. They mentor the newer members and are committed to helping them in their recovery and in developing a deeper faith life.

This woman visited her son in jail and shared how God had strengthened her and changed her life. Her son expressed a desire to turn his life around and give it over to the Lord.

She telephoned me to express heartfelt gratitude for the hope and optimism and wonderful changes that had come into her life. Glory to God!


TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Reflect on a time when the Holy Spirit called you to reach out to someone you didn’t know very well. How did it affect that person? How did it impact your relationship with God?