In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
A simple drink of water in the middle of the night got me to look out and see the bright colorful Christmas lights on the trees out front and the manger scene lit up and the message of hope that sends into a drab hopeless world. The song, 'this little light of mine' kept going through my mind like a endless tape.
The daily newspaper world wants to remind us how really bad it is in the world around us. Murders, drugs, cultural clashes leading to young men and woman traveling abroad to fight with Isis. Young men and young woman looking for hope in all the wrong places try to find it in dangerous places.
Everywhere one turns there is a no shortage of grief. Young kids dying changes the lives forever, it seems, in their parents who raised them. Where once their family was happy and enjoying pizza nights with friends and other family members now deescalate into a vicious cycle of depression and anger.
People everywhere are searching for hope and meaning for their lives. For those of us who are believers in Jesus Christ, especially as God brings you to the other side of your grief, we understand the importance of making sense of the tragedies of this life.
Some of the greatest joys is discovering that it isn't when we are blessed with material possessions that bring us closer to God, but it is when tragedy hits us when we can just barely get out of bed when we make that decision to keep moving forward trusting God with one footprint at a time that He knows what he is doing with our lives.
I finished drinking from my glass and take one more look out of the living room window at the hope and message those lights are sending into the world.
This little light of mine, I 'm gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
Posted by Todd Gabrielson at 1:18 AM