Jesus, the Light of the World
by Paul Geuldner
Certain events come to mind in the month of August
- The heat of summer
- County fairs
- The State Fair
- Back to School sales begin
- Families take their vacations or enjoy extra time with each other
- Some parents long for the days when the kids will go back to school
Jesus meets us in the parched areas of our lives
And the Holy Spirit leads us into the cool shade to rest in His presence
With sighs too deep for words, our cares are brought before the most high God.
Oh, and yes, something else extraordinary happens at Prince of Peace in Burnsville each year. It is called the Mega Sale. Those who have been around, even for a short time, realize how big it has become.
The Mega Sale at Prince of Peace – A garage sale for God, by God’s people, for anyone in the community; a standing tradition for 25 years now.
Donations are made by those with “extras”, just like the 1st century Christians.
Volunteer time is given by those with “hearts for God” and “the sale”, just like so many before us.
The doors are open to all those who come, those who see God working in the world, and those just coming to “browse.”
Buyers come from near and far just to find “the deal” or “the item,” whatever that might be.
For some, it is an inexpensive way to help fill a need, both for the giver and for the receiver.
For some, this sale may be their first exposure to the church.
For many, this sale may be their only exposure to any church anywhere.
In addition to finding items to buy, they might find a kind smile, a caring individual, a shoulder to cry on, a friend, or just the help they need.
God works in mysterious ways, and we do not always know the beginning or the end of the story. We can only look for ways to help the story as best we can. By filling a basic need, we may help someone come to faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
What will be your role in the Mega Sale this year?
- Will you help out in the clothing, books, or home décor departments?
- Will you help sort the donations?
- Will you offer a prayer or comfort for any in need of it?
- Will you simply stop by to greet friends who are working at the sale?
- How can you be the light of the world to all those that come to us, just like Jesus?
My prayer is that you find a way to help out at the Mega Sale this year, or support someone who does. We put much effort into the Mega Sale every year where we can be light in people’s darkness, joy in people’s sorrow, and love in people’s difficult circumstances.
Find what you love to do, and help us be “church” in the world. Help us make a difference in people’s lives, meeting their basic needs, so they can focus on their spiritual needs.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:1-5 New International Version
Paul Geuldner is a member of the Spiritual Care team.