By Rev. Michele Fischer

“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.”

Ruben Duran spoke to the South Carolina Synod Assembly on Monday, May 22, about how we can be prisms, bringing out the God-colors in the world around us. He shared with us a story about his granddaughter and how she opened a door that Ruben and his wife had not been able to open on their own.

Ruben and his wife are very welcoming people. They always try to know their neighbors. A few years ago, a new family moved into the neighborhood. Ruben and his wife made overtures to welcome them, to get to know them, but the family seemed content to keep their distance.

Then last year, Ruben’s four year-old granddaughter came to visit. Exploring their backyard, she found a hill that was suitable for rolling. And the little girl began to roll down the hill, giggling and begging her grandfather to join her.

Ruben, not wanting to disappoint his adoring granddaughter, began rolling down the hill with her. She laughed even harder crying out “Grandpa, you’re not doing it right.”

The giggles and laughter did not go unnoticed, and it wasn’t long before they had an audience, the neighboring couple with their three year-old child.

And it was this moment, this silliness brought to them by a child, that finally opened the door to relationship. The young couple admitted to Ruben that their child was a miracle. She had nearly died at birth, and even now had continuing health issues. And at a time when they most needed the support of family, they found themselves estranged.

In the past year, Ruben, his wife and their neighbors have become friends. Their once reclusive neighbors now have support, prayers and new friends, all because of a four year old who wanted to roll down the hill at her grandfather’s house.

Ruben left us with two questions:

Where is God’s light most needed in our communities?

How can we become prisms to bring out the God-colors in the world around us?

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