This Little Light of Mine

Tuesday, May 10, 2022
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Matthew 5:14-16 – You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (NIV)

One of the most beloved children's hymns is This little light of mine, often attributed to Harry Dixon Loes. I can close my eyes and travel back to a time when I held out a makeshift lantern and sang those heartfelt lyrics to our church congregation. Even at that tender age, I knew that Jesus was there listening and smiling along with our church members, who had become my second family. Our lives were forever woven together through God's love and grace.

These family members are the light of the world. They shine their lanterns to light the way towards salvation for those who are lost.

Therefore, it is critical that we keep our lights polished and shining brightly, because it is in the darkness when "Our eyes have been distracted, our hearts have become discouraged, our joy has been diminished, and our work has been disrupted." – Jerry Flurry

God goes to great lengths to warn us about becoming like the world. To be called a Christian means to be a Christlike person — to be on fire for the Lord and to shine with childlike innocence and purity. The more that our souls surrender to the will of God, the brighter that our light shines! After all, "This generation of Christians is responsible for this generation of souls on the earth!" – Keith Green

There is no better gift a parent can give a child than the support of a loving church community.

    What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life — to strengthen each other in all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting? – "Adam Bede", George Eliot, 1859

Dear friends, Christians are meant to shine with the glory of God that is within us. I have learned firsthand that holding that lantern would at times feel impossible, especially during the stormy seasons of my life. But please be assured that no matter how many chances that we have missed or mistakes that we have made, God still loves us, and encourages us to keep trying to shine for Him.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, please forgive us for all the times that we have let our light dim. We pray that, by Your Spirit living and breathing through us, we would be light and love in a world that desperately needs Your hope. Draw many to know You as Saviour and Lord. Shine Your light and push back the forces of darkness that surround us. By Your great power, Lord, open blind eyes and release those still imprisoned. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Thanks for the encouraging words, Lois.

    Thank you, Lois, for this timely reminder.

    Thanks for letting your light shine for us readers.

    Amen. Thank you, Lois, for this timely reminder! Blessings.

    Amen Thank you so much Lois. All of your message speaks to me.

    Thank you, Lois, for this encouraging and reassuring devotional.

    Thanks, Lois for sharing your lifetime of ‘shining for ‘Him!’ Love to you as you shine on today.

    Great post and reminder in these challenging times, Lois. This little light of mine is still a favorite we sing in Sunday School. Blessings to you!

    Lois: Great message!
    Jesus bids us shine with a pure, clean light
    Like a little candle burning in the night…
    Remember that one?

    Thank you, Lois,
    Good devotional this morning, I join you in prayer, “Heavenly Father please forgive me when I let my light grow dim.”

    Dear Lois,
    Absolutely wonderful…so inspiring! I have my pen out and am copying down some of your words in my quotations book. Thank you so much!
    Blessings, Joy, Laughter.

    Thank you so very much for this devotional. What a great way to explain that even when our light goes dim, from stresses and problems and heartache, it still shines on in us, showing others that God is the fuel that feeds our lamps for Him.
    Be Blessed.

    Hello Lois
    I used to sing that song and still do sometimes, I chuckled one time I was here at a catholic church and they sang this song in Portuguese. I sang it in English and smiled at the memories of a child.
    Thank you for sharing and I stand with you in your prayer…powerful!!
    God bless.

    Dear Lois thank you for this very positive and encouraging devotional today. “This Little Light of Mine” is such a memorable hymn from early Sunday school days and brings to mind sweet memories of times gone by. It truly reminds us of the action we need do daily and share the beautiful light of Jesus to others as we interact with them. These days it seems more than ever there is need to reflect Jesus’ light as so much darkness lurks about. Blessings as you continue doing these special writings.


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