I recently watched an episode of the TV show Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson in which they talked about the existence of binary stars. Binary stars are two stars that orbit around a common center of mass and are gravitationally bound to each other.
This concept got me to thinking that we who are lights of the world for Christ often are inexorably tied to other lights in the Christian “solar system,” if you will. Our light for Christ may be forever linked to the one who first shone their light of Christ to us. Our light of faith may be tied to other “lights” who were in the same confirmation, Sunday school or Bible class with us. Our lights may also be drawn to the “lights” that shone in our families—our spouse, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Knowing that we have lights that are attached to us in this way helps us to shine brighter, confident in their encouragement and support. When our lights might grow dim because of some darkness we have experienced, we know that our “light” partners will brighten our light and life again with their love and care.
What binds us together in our special unions as Christ’s lights is the light of Christ himself. That common draw in the lives of all Christ’s tandem lights is what keeps the bond between us strong in our faith. Making Christ’s light the center of all our relationships keeps us bound in the warm glow of his grace and favor. Savor and value the unique bonds with other “lights” God has blessed you with in the vast constellation of his people.