It was the biggest night of the year for the biggest sport in the U. S. – NFL Football. The Superbowl. The two teams who made it had fought their way through the regular season and playoffs to get there. Commercials for the Superbowl cost like $4 million for 30 seconds. Days of hype preceded the game. People paid a small fortune to get into the stadium.
The big moment arrived and then half way though the game the lights went out! Play came to a halt. Players were consigned to the sidelines. For all the preparation, planning and hard work – a simple thing like the lights going out can bring it all to a grinding halt. You can’t play football in the dark.
You probably know the rest of the story. It took 40 minutes or so to get the lights back on, and play resumed. But this incident set off all kinds of theological musings in my head. The image of light and darkness is prominent in the New Testament. “I am the light of the world…” and “The light shines in the darkness.”
But for there to be light, there has to be a source of power. I haven’t heard the explanation for what happened in the Superdome on Sunday night, but I have come to the connection between the lights and the power source being cut off resulting in darkness. On a personal level, we have to stay connected to God through the power of the Spirit if our lights are to shine.
And for the church – it reminds us of the importance of CONNECTION. Trinity is a vital congregation with far flung ministry which touches so many people. For the light of this ministry to shine brightly, it takes each of us connecting our gifts and abilities to ministry. We have been talking a lot about “connection” this past month. You received a copy of our yearly Connect magazine in the mail. Inside are hundreds of ways that you can get connected to ministry. There is an insert in the center of Connect for you to indicate the ways God is leading you to be in ministry. You can complete this and return it to the church at any time, or you can go online to www.trinitybirmingham.com to complete your form.
“Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works
and give glory to you Father who is in heaven.”
– Matthew 5:16