Shine On

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  • My light is but a little one,
My light of faith and prayer;
But lo! it glows like God’s great sun,
For it was lighted there.
  • I may not hide my little light;
The Lord has told me so.
’Tis given me to keep in sight,
That all may see it glow.
  • Shine on, shine on, shine on bright and clear;
Shine on, shine on now the day is here.

The Christian Life

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I was discussing with a friend about living the Christian life. My friend believes that we should avoid all things and all people who are not of like mind. But I disagree.

How can we witness if we isolate ourselves from others? It is truly the WWJD moment. My father used to say that we live by example and others should see Christ through us. I agree with that thinking.

Dad was on to something!

 

Glow for God

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Do you remember glow worms? When my daughters were little they loved these toys because you only had to squeeze them to make them glow in the night. For a scared child, this radiant light was comforting.

There are some nights and even some days when I could personally use a glow worm. My mind runs ragged with thoughts of gloom and doom and I am constantly amazed at how our minds can play tricks on us and bring back memories of the day or even days past. Anxiousness ensues.

I think back to scripture when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tables of the covenant law. It is reported in the Bible that Moses’s face was radiant. When God revealed Himself to Moses, his fact reflected God’s glory.

The children’s hymn “This little light of mine” encourages us to be a beacon of light for others to see. We are to become glow worms for God.

While this may be simplistic, I do believe that shining a light on the darkness of this world and our fellow sinners results in a glow so bright the whole world will shine with the love of God.

Be a beacon for someone…even if you glow only for yourself. Let your light shine, let the truth of Christ glow through you.

The Radiant Face of Moses – Exodus 34:29-35

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai.

When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.

Sometimes there are no answers…

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This past week has been a hard one for people of faith.

In the one place you expect sanctuary, respite, and acceptance is the Church. This was not so in South Carolina.

Nine precious people were overwhelmed by extremist hatred and paid for it with their lives.

It doesn’t make sense. There are no answers. God did not cause this.

I do know this…

Hate will not win. Darkness is overcome by light. Love never dies and God still sits on His throne.

I look for a brighter and better tomorrow but I won’t forget the sacrifice of so many.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)

I know, that I know, that I know… Lent 11

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We once had a priest that would often say “I know, that I know, that I know” when he tried to explain his believe in Jesus Christ. It became somewhat of a Christian mantra for him.

I get it.

I love when people ask me how do I know that Jesus is real. While not easy to explain, I relish the opportunity to share my faith and what it has meant to me. I know that people want solid proof. They want to hear God’s soft whisper in their ear. They want something tangible that they can hold in their hands. But that is not typically the nature of faith. It is unseen and it is felt…it is simply known.

I think back to the disciples and the followers of Christ while He walked this earth. He could take five fish and feed thousands, He could raise the dead, heal the sick, and forgive the unforgivable. Yet, they still doubted.

When you acknowledge Christ’s presence in your life, you will know. It is a sense of peace and a sense of joy unlike anything this world can offer. I have had moments where I felt the real presence of Christ in my life. I have felt that peace that passes all understanding and I know where it came from. It certainly wasn’t from me.

God dwells deep within my soul and I will never be able to describe it in detail, I just try to live a life that acknowledges His presence and hopefully allows my inner light to shine…just a little or a lot.

I know, that I know, that I know. I wish the same for you.

The light of the world…

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The Lamplighter

My tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky.
It’s time to take the window to see Leerie going by;
For every night at teatime and before you take your seat,
With lantern and with ladder he comes posting up the street.

Now Tom would be a driver and Maria go to sea,
And my papa’s a banker and as rich as he can be;
But I, when I am stronger and can choose what I’m to do,
O Leerie, I’ll go round at night and light the lamps with you!

For we are very lucky, with a lamp before the door,
And Leerie stops to light it as he lights so many more;
And oh! before you hurry by with ladder and with light;
O Leerie, see a little child and nod to him to-night!

Robert Louis Stevenson

I love this poem on so many levels. It is thought that Stevenson was blatantly autobiographical in this poem as he was a sickly child with a difficult childhood due to health issues. However, he loved watching the lamps lit at night. Stevenson could set his watch by the lamplighter who would arrive on time to illuminate his home and his life.

In another essay Stevenson described the lamplighter as “a man who punches holes in the darkness” and as you can see by this poem, he longs to do the same.

Jesus could easily and clearly be described as THE man who punches holes in the darkness. Death is the ultimate darkness but the light of Christ has overcome darkness.

And so we begin our journey with Jesus this week. We mentally walk with Jesus as He prepares for His triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Jesus, the light of the world, was for one glorious day, celebrated. Jesus brought peace, hope, love and joy to a dark and hurting world. Isn’t it amazing how some things never change? He still does this for us today.

We, who love our Lord, are assured of an eternity bathed in light. My soul waits for the Lord…