Bright Light

The people who lived in darkness have seen a bright light. A light has risen for those who live in a land overshadowed by death.

—–Matthew 4:16

The trees at my friend’s house had branches filled with green leaves.

While sitting outside and enjoying the late afternoon, I noticed that the sun had set just close enough to the horizon that its powerful light was shining almost straight on the trees.

The branches, with their green leaves, along with the bark on the trunk, did not just simply become more visible.

They began to glow with an intensely amber color.

I quickly photographed the scene before the sun was completely gone.

Theses trees were totally transformed in color because of the light.

Some of the branches were just out of the sun’s penetrating rays.

They remained green.

The tree closest to me appeared dark and untouched by the bathing yellow radiance.

When Jesus came, those who lived in darkness could now be bathed in His great light.

His light of love and salvation.

His light of forgiveness and hope.

His light of eternal life.

When He came, everything changed.

Do you know of His love?

Do you know of His forgiveness and hope?

He is waiting for you today to call out to Him in prayer.

It’s not too late…..

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Darkens Day Into Night

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I had been photographing an outdoor event that lasted into early evening.

It had been raining earlier and the clouds were big and billowy.

When my photography work was finished, my husband and I decided to drive to a nearby city to eat dinner.

As he was driving, I noticed that the sunset, which was almost completely covered by dark clouds at one point, was spectacular.

Rolling down the passenger side window, I tried to photograph the scene behind me.

The colors were magnificent and glorious.

A creation of God, only visible for a few moments….

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He who made the Pleiades and Orion,
    who turns midnight into dawn
    and darkens day into night,
who calls for the waters of the sea
    and pours them out over the face of the land—
    the Lord is His name.

—Amos 5:8

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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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Never Walk in Darkness

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I almost didn’t go to the meeting.

The sky was turning dark gray and I was hesitant to possibly be driving in a storm.

At the last minute, I decided to go.

On the way back home when the meeting had ended, it was still raining and lightning was splitting the sky above me.

As I drove, I began to notice that there was a break in the clouds just where the sun was setting.

For about twenty minutes, I watched as magnificent colors of light cascaded across the sky in front of me.

Pulling my car to the side of the road, I took some photographs as the scene unfolded.

As I was continuing my journey home, blazing forks of lightning ripped through the clouds over my car.

There was not a time, however, that I could not see the light piercing through the opening in the atmosphere.

John 8:12 reads,

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Even though we may feel that we are surrounded by darkness and sin in the world, we do not have to walk in darkness ourselves.

We can follow Jesus, who is the light of the world, keeping our eyes on Him.

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The Darkness Has Not Overcome

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Have you ever wanted to watch an important sports event on television, but it just wasn’t possible?

Perhaps you were scheduled to work at that time or some other circumstance was in the way.

When the event was over, you likely heard the results through friends or the media.

This team won.

That team lost.

This person won the contest.

This athlete was defeated.

Chances are, if you were really enthusiastic about the sport, watching a recording of the event might still have been of interest to you.

The only difference would’ve  been that you already knew the outcome.

You knew who would win.

We are all painfully aware of evil in this world.

Darkness that threatens us unrelentingly.

Yet, we are also aware of God’s presence and sovereignty.

With unfailing faithfulness, God is with us and He is in total control.

In the book of John in the New Testament, we find these words:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

He was in the beginning with God.

All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

—John 1:1-5

Jesus has come to the earth.

In Him, there is life.

He is the light, shining in this world that is currently plagued in darkness and sin.

That darkness has not overcome Jesus.

That darkness will NEVER overcome Jesus.

God has already told us who wins.

We know who overcomes.

Jesus says,

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

—John 16:33

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For the Glory of God

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What will Heaven be like?

There won’t be any sun to shine and give us day.

There won’t be any moon to guide us when it is dark.

Why?

The glory of God and the Lamb will shine brightly, illuminating everything.

There will be no need of a moon to reflect light in the darkness; there will be no darkness.

That’s what Heaven will be like….

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The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

—Revelation 21:23

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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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Will Not Walk in the Darkness

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I stood on the dock tonight, looking out over the water and watching the beam from the lighthouse circle around, over and over, with a steady pulse that never stopped.
When the light pointed my way for only an instant at a time, the water would light up, too, in a glowing streak.
Many years ago, I went with a group of friends to a forest.
We were there at night and there must have been no moon that evening.
I remember trying to take steps and not being able to see where my feet were going.
It was such a dark darkness.
If I am remembering correctly, I think I was afraid.
The uncertainty of where we were, the absence of light and the dread of the unknown were joining forces to create my fear.
We don’t have to be hiking in the woods to encounter this type of challenge.
Life can get to a place where we find ourselves in spiritual darkness.
We may not know where to place our next step, all the while feeling fear and anxiety.
It need not be so—-
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
—John 8:12

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Jesus has told us that if we follow Him we will not walk in darkness.

Instead, we will have Him and He is the Light.

He is the Light of life.

If we follow Him, we can trust that He knows the way.

Do you know Him today?

Is Jesus your light?

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To Rescue a World

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Yesterday, I purchased a new Bible.

It is The Voice translation.

Here is a passage to consider:

John 3:16-21

For God expressed His love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life. 17 Here’s the point. God didn’t send His Son into the world to judge it; instead, He is here to rescue a world headed toward certain destruction.

18 No one who believes in Him has to fear condemnation, yet condemnation is already the reality for everyone who refuses to believe because they reject the name of the only Son of God. 19 Why does God allow for judgment and condemnation? Because the Light, sent from God, pierced through the world’s darkness to expose ill motives, hatred, gossip, greed, violence, and the like. Still some people preferred the darkness over the light because their actions were dark. 20 Some of humankind hated the light. They scampered hurriedly back into the darkness where vices thrive and wickedness flourishes. 21 Those who abandon deceit and embrace what is true, they will enter into the light where it will be clear that all their deeds come from God.

If you do not know Jesus as your Savior today, please don’t wait.

It’s not too late to choose everlasting life…..

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No Darkness at All

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Bicycling in the park was a good idea today.

The weather was pleasant, with temperatures probably near 80 degrees.

A bright blue sky with puffy, cotton ball clouds filtered the sunlight on the road.

The 7,000 acre park is a beautiful place to go biking—in the daytime.

If I were walking or riding a bike there at night, the darkness would consume even the nearest path in front of me.

I actually think I would be afraid.

The Bible tells us that God is light.

There is no darkness in Him.

If I am in a right relationship with Him, I will have light—His light—to guide me.

Without His light, darkness would consume my path.

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This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

—1 John 1:5-10

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He Who Forms Mountains and Creates the Wind

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Driving around the town one morning, my husband and I noticed a windmill placed on top of a home in a residential area.

That’s not a common thing to see…..

It was obviously very important in someone’s mind.

There was no doubt that day which direction the wind was blowing.

God has created all things.

Amos 4:13 reads,

For behold, He who forms mountains and creates the wind
And declares to man what are His thoughts,
He who makes dawn into darkness
And treads on the high places of the earth,
The LORD God of hosts is His name.

What would it be like if we were as obedient to God as the windmill is to the blowing of the wind?

Whatever way the air is moving, the windmill responds.

It never decides, “I don’t want to move that way.”

This direction—-that direction—-it’s all up to the wind to decide.

This direction—-that direction—-shouldn’t it all be up to God to decide for you?

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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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My Dark Path

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I had never been down the road before.

A sign inviting travelers to venture on it’s path was intriguing enough.

Bending trees made a canopy over the packed sand, forming an inviting mix of sunlight and shadow.

Following each turn and curve, it finally led to the water’s edge where a clear, blue sky shown from above.

If I had decided to decline the sign’s silent invitation to explore, I would not have known the rustic beauty of the path that led to the sea.

I would have missed the canopy of branches arcing overhead.

 

God has surely invited me to travel many pathways in life that would have been both beneficial and beautiful for me.

I will not know of some of them, however, as I chose to decline His invitation.

Perhaps out of fear.

Lack of self-esteem.

Failure to trust Him.

Maybe because I wasn’t listening closely enough to even hear His call toward the pathway.

God is a God of second chances however, and there have been other roads that I have chosen to travel.

Having answered God’s voice at those times, I have experienced the joy of what He had for me along the journey.

Psalm 119:105 from THE MESSAGE reads,

“By Your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.”

God will lead us along the paths He calls us to, even if they seem to be filled with shadows and uncertainty.

 

 

 

 

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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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