This Little Light of Mine...

A reading for Thursday, January 9, 2014: John 8:12-19

This is the time of the year when light is most precious and most rare.  The middle of winter, at least in Nashville, can mean endless days of cold, grey skies where it is dark until after we get out of bed and sometimes dark even before we get home from work.  During our recent cold temperatures, our electric company NES set an all time record for power used as people tried desperately to keep the light (and the heat) going in the midst of winter.  It's a dark time.

Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life."  The light did not come from Him, but was the blessings of God coming into he world in grace and in truth.  The one who created the darkness, also created the light as an encouragement to those that live in the darkness.  It was a contrast.  The light was a sign.  Those that knew Jesus knew God the Creator as the source of help in the midst of struggle and light in the midst of darkness.  The light was an encouragement.

It's even more true on days like this.  The darker the night the more effective one single light becomes.  The light of life is for those that follow Jesus.  And those that follow Jesus must shine their light in the midst of the darkness especially now when it is most precious and most rare.  The light is an encouragement to those around us.

"This little light of mine.  I'm going let it shine."  Let's sing it together...


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