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Genesis 1:14 – Then God said, "Let there be light-bearers (sun, moon, stars) in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be useful for signs (tokens) [of God's provident care] and for marking seasons, days, and years." (AMP)

I am sitting here by my big window, watching dawn bear its daily message. Today, it rises pinkly, turning to crimson with streaks of purples and blues in the morning sky. Every sunrise is unique in God's hands, designed as a useful reminder to us who are up to see it, like a marker-lettered notice posted about a neighbourhood event.

Like this daily, heavenly phenomenon of light, we believers are also commissioned to be light-bearers. Jesus told His followers, "You are the light of the world." (Matthew 5:14 NIV) Jesus Himself is the Light:

John 1:9 – There it was — the true Light [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] which, coming into the world, enlightens everyone. (AMP)

A Broadway play in the 1960s produced a common slogan: Stop the world — I want to get off! But there is a purpose for why you and I are alive in this world today. Each of us was made particularly to bear witness to the Light in our every action, thought, and word, shining the truth. Some of the very first songs that we are taught in Sunday School are about being little lights to shine for our heavenly Father wherever we are, even if it is in a small corner rather than on the world stage. Another song says that when we choose to shine our light of faith and hope, we are being a sunbeam, echoing the heavens once more.

This is my Father's world, as the hymn asserts, "He is the Ruler yet." "Though the wrong seems oft so strong," the world is not to be despised or rejected, as some still do today. Some blame God for the darkness. Yet, every single day, God provides us with a new dawn, a useful reminder of what we need to be up and doing: "Let there be light-bearers." God commissions and sends all believers to be useful in a dark time, with all joy, bearing the light of salvation. We have the honour of becoming signs and tokens of God's provident care, marking our seasons, days and years, and sharing God's salvation, mercy, and forgiveness to all around.

Prayer: There is a wideness in Your mercy, our loving heavenly Father. We say that and sing that because You have set the heavens to remind us of Your providence, the evidence of Your loving care for us, a fact that we cannot deny. You have marked out the seasons of our lives. Change the way that we think, Lord, that we may worship You with hearts full of joy and praise, even in the midst of tribulation. May our lights shine forth for You, wherever we are. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you Rose for reminding us to be light bearers! Blessings.

    Thank you, Rose. I was up with the dawn this morning and it was beautiful!

    A much-needed message and reminder for many especially these days, Rose. God bless!

    This is a lovely thought-provoking message you shared today. Thank you!

    May His light shine bright on you! Your words bring music and joy to me today! Thank you!

    Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven.
    Thanks for the reminder Rose.
    God’s blessings on your work and ministry.

    Rose, I loved your description of a sunrise. I’ve often thought of how this glorious event is always great of charge to everyone, but too few of us get up early enough to enjoy it! Good thoughts and application.

    Rose, thank you. Your devotional was beautifully worded, altering the way I see this concept of light used in scripture and in our daily actions.
    Thank you for “shedding new light for me”. Most appreciated.

    Amen Rose. Well said. We often think we must do some great or momentous thing for God, but every day all we need to do is the little things set before us… to be kind and thoughtful and true as we intentionally seek to make others’ lives a little more tolerable even in the simplest ways.
    Be blessed.

    Dear Rose,
    A very good devotional you have written. At this time when so many are struggling with the “social distancing” and isolation feelings, it is important that we be a “light” to them by connecting by phone or mail. Having Jesus in our lives certainly is an everlasting light beam!
    Take care and blessings for being a bright light to many.

    Good morning Rose,
    You must be up early to see those amazing colours in the sky as I am seeing them right now. No two sunrises are the same just like no two sunsets are the same. One never tires admiring them. Just like the light that shines in us as we sing those beautiful hymns. I am praying that the current discouragement of congregational singing will be reversed. Of all the bad fallout of the pandemic this to me is the very worst, trying to stop people singing in public.
    Thank you for your devotional today.

    Oh Rose, how I appreciated your devotional today! As my heart ‘sang’ the various choruses you referred to, a memory of another came flooding forth as a fresh reminder. “I am the Light of the world, You people come and follow me. If you follow and love, you’ll learn the mystery, of what you were meant to do and be!” That so resonated with part of your devotional that had spoken to me:
    “But there is a purpose for why you and I are alive in this world today. Each of us was made particularly to bear witness to the Light in our every action, thought, and word, shining the truth.”
    Thanks for that fresh insight. I hadn’t thought of that particular song (or its message) for years until reading your devotional! God-inspired for sure. Thanks for shining your light!!

    What a lovely positive message.

    Hi Rose
    Good devotional.
    Every morning is a new challenge, but still I try to have joy and praise, even in my tribulations.
    Thank you for writing.

    Thanks, Rose De Shaw for the precious message.
    Keep writing.

    Thanks Rose
    A great reminder that although we might be living in “darkness,” God is with us, and there is much light yet in our world

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