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On A Light Stand

"Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.

God is not a secret to be kept.

We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.

If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you?

I'm putting you on a light stand.

Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives.

By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."

(From the Bible - Matthew 5:13-20, "The Message")


One afternoon during summer I was walking in a narrow street of the oldest part of Varanasi (Benaras) and I saw this staircase with a simple jali from where the light was coming in.

I stayed inside for a few minutes in order to enjoy the air which was streaming out there.


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Taken on April 24, 2010