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Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (NKJV)

A recent power outage found me in a room with no windows. I called out to the person in the other room, "Please get me a torch." A quick reply came back, "You want a what?" Again, I asked for a torch, only to hear the person reply, "You mean a flashlight." "Yes," I replied, "a flashlight. In England, we call a flashlight a torch." How many times we find ourselves using a word or phrase that someone else does not understand, even though they both mean the same thing!

Power outages make us realize how much we take light for granted and expect it to be there as soon as we flip a switch. When we are plunged into darkness, we are helpless and scared and reach out to a source of light to bring comfort to us. The Bible talks about spiritual darkness in terms of wickedness and the power of Satan. Jesus came to be a light unto a dark world.

2 Corinthians 6:14b – For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? (NIV)

Acts 26:17b-18 – I am sending you to [the Gentiles] to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me. (NIV)

What about the rest of the world that is still in the darkness of sin? We need to bring the light into a dark world — the truth and message of Jesus Christ. We need to show the world through the love of Jesus Christ that there is another way to live.

John 8:12 – Jesus once again addressed them: "I am the world's Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in." (MSG)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You that You cared so much for us that You came to a dark and lightless world. We praise and thank You. Help us, Lord, to bring this same light into a dark and hurting world. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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