P.O. Box 206 302 South Main Street Gainesboro, Tennessee 38562 (931) 268-4771 Office
Gainesboro First UMC
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
"A Caring Community of Faith"

Our Pastor


Pastor Tim Dunavant, Josh, Staci, and Mikayla 

"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matt 5: 14-16

What a magnificent sight! I am sure that you witnessed the recent eclipse along with myself and everyone else in this area. Wasn't it a glorious thing to witness? I got the privilege of gathering with my family and some very dear friends and watching the eclipse happen. I had my glasses, the ones that were donated to the church, and I was prepared. I was ready to sit and watch the moon pass in front of the sun and then pass away again. I assumed that this would be the most spectacular sight. But I was wrong. Actually, I only looked at the sun for a relatively small amount of the time. The most amazing thing to me was watching the effects occurring around me. I witnessed many things that I could talk about and I'm sure you did as well. But there was one thing that I will always remember.

Just minutes before the moments of totality, the moon was covering 95% or greater of the sun. Only 5% or less of the sun's light was reaching us yet everything around me was still illuminated. And then when totality came and the moon was completely in front of the sun - it was not completely dark. I was told that it would be completely dark and I was assuming that meant "completely." But I was still able to see quite well, even seeing the trees on the hillside in the distance. And at that point we only had 1% of the sun’s light.

It was then that I remembered this scripture. And I remembered that light always overcomes darkness. Even in the face of what appears to be the deepest darkness, it only takes a speck of light to change everything.

Sometimes we think the problems in our life, our community, our country and even our world are insurmountable. But Jesus calls us the "light of the world" for a reason. When we allow the glory of God that is within us to shine out of us, then we change the very atmosphere of our environment. There is so much darkness in this world, that much we can all agree on. And the cure is not for someone else to come and fix the problem for us. Rather, the remedy is that the children of God would walk in the light as he is in the light. Very simply put, that we would take the grace, love, mercy, and compassion that God has shown to us and share it with those around us. And that light will defeat darkness every single time. Don’t question why there is so much darkness. Just be the light you are called to be.