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Reflections on the Daily Readings
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September 23rd, 2013
by
Hayley Henriksen
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[449] Ezra 1:1-6
Ps 126:1b-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6
Luke 8:16-18

No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light.

 Last weekend, I went with a group of students from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to perform service at the Abide Network. This fantastic organization’s dream is that one day there will be no inner city. By purchasing rundown houses throughout North Omaha, Abide is tackling the issues of poverty and crime in this part of the city. Volunteers renovate these buildings and turn them into community centers that are safe places for the youth of North Omaha to go after school. Abide also hosts block parties and has planted a church in North Omaha, all ways to build unity and share God’s word. I had a wonderful experience learning about the organization and painting the outside of a house that will soon be used by Abide.

 When reading today’s Gospel reading in Luke, I immediately thought of the Abide Network. It is such a bright light in an area of our city that is hurting and in need of our positivity and attention. Crime has significantly dropped in the neighborhoods that Abide has touched, and North Omaha has been deeply impacted by the love shown by this organization.

 God calls each one of us to be a light to others, and part of my journey at Creighton has been for me to figure out how I can be a source of positivity and love not only where I am now but also in my the future career. One quality I have learned about myself is that I have a deep desire to make the world a better place. This is a rather broad statement, but I know that I have to find a purposeful career that is both challenging and fulfilling. My experiences as a member of the Cortina Community and on my fall break service trip to West Virginia helped me discover issues that I care about. I see ways I can shine a light on people who don’t have a voice, but I don’t want to conceal this calling in pursuit for a job.
 I took a public relations course a year ago and fell in love with this particular field of journalism. It seemed to be a perfect fit for me. Since I declared my major, I have wrestled with knowing how working in PR can help others. Fortunately, there are countless ways I can let my light shine. In fact, that is the beauty of PR. For example, if I work at a non-profit organization, I can expose its mission and activities by using social media or planning fundraising events. Little did I know that the possibilities in PR were endless.

 God has given each of us talents and interests that make us the special individuals that we are. It is in our faithfulness that we discover these gifts and listen to God to see how he wants us to use them. Then let your light shine so everyone can see it.

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