Light of the World

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"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” - Matthew 5:14-16

In times of deep darkness, we not only need light — we need to be light for one another. That's a message we must take to heart as we find ourselves lost once again in the all-too-familiar darkness of America's culture of violence.

Who better to deliver that message than Mary Oliver, in a powerful poem that re-tells the story of the Buddha's last words. Before he died, she tells us, "He looked into the faces of that frightened crowd" and said, "Make of yourself a light."

We are the frightened crowd the Buddha looked into as he drew his last breath. We are the people who need to be light for one another.

There are many kinds of light. There's the light that allows people lost in the dark to find their way home. There's the light of compassion that comforts everything it touches. There's the light of truth-telling about ourselves that allows us to see what we are doing — or allowing — that has helped bring this darkness upon us. There's the light that shows us the way forward toward a better world. There's the light of courage to walk that path no matter who says "Stop!"

The idea here is similar—the presence of light in darkness is something which is unmistakable. The presence of Christians in the world must be like a light in the darkness, not only in the sense that the truth of God’s Word brings light to the darkened hearts of sinful man (John 1:1-10), but also in the sense that our good deeds must be evident for all to see.

No one of us can provide all of the light we need. But every one of us can shed some kind of light. Every day we can ask ourselves, "What kind of light can I provide for the Lord, today?"
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Here I Am to Worship
- by Tim Hughes

King of all day's oh so highly exalted.
Glorious in heaven above.
Humbly you came to the earth you created
all for love's sake became poor.

CHORUS
Here I am to worship,
Here I am to bow down,
Here I am to say that You're my God
You're altogether lovely
All together worthy,
All together wonderful to me

I'll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross
Call upon the Name of the Lord and be saved
I'll never know how much it cost to see my sins upon that cross

Prayer: 
Lord, we go into the world to walk in Your light, to rejoice in Your love and to reflect Your glory. Amen.
Date: 
Jan 24 2018