But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear
– 1 Peter 3:15
As Christians we are called to both stand fast and shine bright. We are to be hard and shiny. We are to have a hope like a mighty sword that defeats anything that comes against it and yet catches the eye of others as it gleams in the battle.
That hope is often forged in the fires of suffering and polished bright in the rub of relationships. Solid light is unsheathed in the community of God’s people living, loving, suffering, rejoicing, and worshiping together.