Sparks and Stubble

Have you ever heard something that stops you and rivets you to the meaning? I heard this phrase from a reading this morning during a funeral: …they will shine forth, and will run like sparks through the stubble. Those words made my brain snap to attention. The vision of a dry field being set ablaze came to mind.

As Christians we are asked to shine brightly and to set the world on fire. Our glow is most helpful perhaps during the dry times of life when we can easily run through the stubble of life quickly. One spark catches and the whole field can change. That which was dry and seemingly dead can be transformed. It only takes a spark. Won’t you shine?



Reflection Questions

What words recently made you think of a spectacular image?
What dry field needs your spark?

Like a dry field, O God,
I am full of stubble.
Set a spark in me
And let me burn with joy,
lighting up the world
and shining with your glory.


About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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2 Responses to Sparks and Stubble

  1. Mary Beth says:

    Suzanne, I was trying to find out more about this beautiful phrase (your post’s title) this morning, on the commemoration of All Souls Day, the first reading. I was so struck by your reflection that I started reading more of your blog and was, well, kinda gobsmacked. Probably Godsmacked, haha! Thank you for sharing so honestly and beautifully about your life journey. So much of what you have experienced resonates with me. I have a few dear friends who are walking similar paths as yours, health-wise. Your call to reflection and using Ignation Spirituality also hits me right at the place I am now. I know I was led to your writings today. Thank you for listening and responding to the Call to write. May God bless you and hold you in peace.

  2. sstyves says:

    Thanks so much, Mary Beth. Love that phrase – Godsmacked!!! 🙂 God bless you for stopping by and reading a few posts. The quote is from Wisdom 3 – see this for more info. Blessings to you and your friends as you walk the path ahead. Peace!

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