The light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overcome it. -John 1:5
In a world peppered with moments of darkness, seeing the light shine in someone is refreshing and encouraging. With transparency, the light shines through them. It’s quiet and unassuming, yet strong and powerful. Think beacon, not spotlight. Think Sharon Martin.
We are each created to shine His light in different ways. One of the ways Sharon shines is through awareness and encouragement – of God, how He is working in her life, and of those around her, and the gifts they bring to our community.
Sharon grew up Lutheran (ELCA), spending most of her childhood in Connecticut. She met her husband, Jeff, at Augustana. The Martin’s have been members of All Saints for 11 years, and Sharon has been a member of the band, Ardor, for the last nine years. They have two beautiful daughters: five year old Nicole, and Rachael, their 10 ½ year old angel in heaven. Her All Saints family has played a strong and supportive role in her life. You’ve seen her and Jeff through many difficult circumstances. This church family, along with the Listen Strong campaign, have been life-changing. Faith that had been lost, was now found. Two of Sharon’s favorite verses, which she takes comfort in, bookend this story.
Sharon is leading our Relational Evangelism Team. She feels that being aware of the people in your daily lives is important, and often underestimated. It doesn’t have to be terrifying! “Who you are IS evangelism”, Sharon says. “There should be no fear in sharing your faith.” The team has big goals, but is beginning with small steps. Soon you will hear more from Sharon, and the exciting things the team is doing.
Sharon shows us that we are called to not merely be the light of the church, but rather, we are called to be the light of the world! Amen.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. -Matthew 5:16
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