Light is essential. To be the light of the world is our calling. No one knows where or how this light shines but are we willing to be carried along softly by it, such that we are in the right place at the right time?
Where is God’s gentle light carrying you today? Carrying us? Are we willing to shine the way and be the light for the world to see?
How is this connected to making lanterns? At King of Life, Coquitlam, we had the opportunity to learn how to make these beautiful, but not so easy, Chinese lanterns. They are beautiful, awe-inspiring and quite striking.
We had two sessions over two weekends, two hours each session. We came together at the tables like we were back at elementary school, having scissors, rulers, pencils, glue, staplers and all our ten fingers ready—it was craft time! Each of us was provided with 18 same- sized big red envelopes and all other necessary craft materials.
The process of making was quite intensive. We had to make precise measurement for all cuttings on the envelopes and ribbon tapes. We needed lots of patience and concentration—our chatting to each other during our work definitely distracted us, making our teachers run around and refocus us!
Everyone was working hard in the two sessions, but we all had a warm, fun, laughter-filled fellowship time while our hands were busy. It was great to do a project together in-person again.
We thank our teacher, Elaine, a member of King of Life and her two assistants, who taught and guided us patiently.
The traditional lantern uses a candle or oil for the light. In this project, we used other decorations because of fire safety concerns.
These lanterns reminded me of Jesus’ faithfulness while submitting to the will of God. The process is just as important as the outcome, for in the process we come to learn much about ourselves. But even more we learn about God, and how much God has done for us.—Rev. Dorothy Chu, interim pastor, King of Life, Coquitlam.