In Our Hearts

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The God who said, “Out of darkness the light shall shine!”

is the same God

who made His light

shine in our hearts,

to bring us the knowledge

of God’s glory

shining in the face

of Christ.

—2 Corinthians 4:6

The light was shining through the tall trees near my house as I walked.

Each branch had a backdrop of pale hues of gold and tan.

God, who made the universe and who made YOU and ME, is making His light shine in our hearts, shining through us, His children.

Think of it–He created everything.

Everything.

And He loves us so very much…..

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His Light in Our Hearts

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For most of my drive home, the rainy sky had been punctuated by a break in the clouds that captured my attention.

The muted gray colors around the break had been completely illuminated by the streams of white light that followed a path to the earth below.

Pulling over by some farmland, I stopped my car and took some photographs as I pondered what was before me.

The light seemed unusually white for the time of day—it was actually after 7:00 in the evening.

No streaks of brilliant orange or hues of blue and yellow.

Just white.

White is associated with purity.

God is pure.

I can imagine the glory of God appearing as a blinding white light.

In the New Testament, we find these words:

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

—2 Corinthians 4:6

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The Face of Christ

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The light was beaming onto the vast ocean, diffused by the moisture that hung heavily within each cloud.

There was beauty in the white light piercing the gray shadows that day.

There is a light within those who know Jesus that has pierced the shadows of separation from Him.

We can look to the face of Jesus and know forgiveness, peace and compassion.

Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.

—2 Corinthians 4:5-6  The Message

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Out of Darkness

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The trail was quiet.

Walking along in the wilderness, I was so far out that my cell phone had given up searching for a signal and declared, “no service.”

A natural spring was actually close by beyond the dense forest and a few people were enjoying the cold water on what had turned out to be a rather hot day.

In the path I was following, certain areas were draped in shadows as the trees and foliage made a canopy shielding the ground from the direct light of the sky.

Stepping past an array of green leaves, I noticed that they were basking in a small patch of sunlight while the area nearby was shrouded in the shadows.

Several years ago, a song titled, “Shine On Us” became popular.

Here are some of the lyrics:

 

Lord, let Your light
Light of Your face
Shine on us

That we may be saved
That we may have life
To find our way
In the darkest night
Let your light shine on us *

 

Our lives could be represented by those leaves I saw on the trail.

With darkness all around, they were in a place to receive the light.

God’s light can shine in our hearts even though darkness may be all around us.

When God’s light shines on us, we have life.

 

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

–2 Corinthians 4:6

 

* by Phillips, Craig and Dean

 

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