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resting in Him… to make me light…

“You are the light of the world. …”
Matthew 5:14 ESV
Jesus told His disciples… 
in His sermon on a hill…
You are the light of the world…

And it struck me a while back…
the truth of this statement…
what He meant…
what He was saying…
you… are… the light…
I… am… the light…
in a very… dark… world…

There is no other light… in all the world…
only His disciples carry His Spirit in our hearts…
only we can let His light shine…
we alone have light to shine…
You… I… we… are… the… light… of… the… dark… world…

An overwhelming… awesome… task…
when you think of all the darkness…
come face to face with it daily…
through family… friends… community… church…
There is a great darkness…
and we… His people… are the only light…
A song sung in praise and prayer recently…
set me to wondering about being light again…
There is a candle in every soul
Some brightly burning, some dark and cold
There is a Spirit who brings a fire
Ignites a candle and makes His home

So carry your candle, run to the darkness
Seek out the helpless, confused and torn
Hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle, and go light your world
Take your candle, and go light your world

Frustrated brother, see how he’s tried to
Light his own candle some other way
See now your sister, she’s been robbed and lied to
Still holds a candle without a flame

So carry your candle, run to the darkness
Seek out the helpless, deceived and poor
Hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle, and go light your world

Singing… tears welled… ran down… 
You see… I feel as if darkness has been running to me lately…
frustrated brothers… sisters robbed and lied to 
I know these people… love these people…
but feel helpless… to light their way…
So I ask Him…
Show me how… to be light… in the dark…

And I rest in this prayer…
and I listen for His way…
and I try to obey…
His quiet promptings…
give…
be quiet…
respect…

I don’t do it perfectly… but I try…
it doesn’t feel like being light…
because each call causes me suffering…
not a lot… but some… in small ways…
denying self… to be light for Him…
And I wonder…
Do they see it as light…?
will it make a difference…?

His Word calls His followers…
so I find myself…
resting in Him… to make me light…
His way… not mine…
and experiencing…
some of His suffering…
I come to know Him better…
But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings,
that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
1 Peter 4:13 ESV
Looking forward… to His glory… being revealed…

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