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If Your Light Has Gone Out

Has your light gone out?

Somewhere along the way did something happen that caused your light to flicker and dim and then go out?

Are you groping in darkness

struggling to find your way?

I know.

I understand.

The pain and cruelty and unjustness of our world

can crush the heart and paralyze the spirit.

All around us the world rushes on

and one is left in the dark not even knowing how to move forward

even if you  wanted to.

Cries of the lonely and desperate fill the air.

Is it your cry?

Outside my home a lamppost stands.

A while ago the light went out.

Changing the light bulb made no difference.

When evening shadows fell

our home was surrounded by darkness.

In a world where all too often bad deeds are done in the dark

I was very concerned.

I tried to fix the light myself.

Up on a chair, unscrewing the bulb that didn’t work and

putting in a new one, fastening on the top. Again and again.

But nothing seemed to work.

When night time came

It was still dark.

One season after another.

Until

a kind man stopped by and worked on it.

I watched as he carefully removed the bulb and slowly checked the wires.

He muttered to himself as he cleaned the connections

checking to see that everything worked just right.

Time and dirt from many years had settled in

causing the connections to not work and the light bulb not to shine.

How about you?

Have the pressures from within and the pain from without

blocked those pathways within your heart that used to work?

Discouragement, depression, disease sucking the very life out of you.

“You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.
(Matthew 5:14, The Message)”

Soul weary friend,

The light can be restored again. Yes, it can.

As you bring yourself to Him, let Him restore that  inner glow.

Maybe you need the caring hand of a friend to light that flame within you again.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

Albert Schweitzer

 

Just a small spark of kindness and understanding can make all the difference to another, can’t it?

Outside my lamppost is shining brightly again

and my heart is warmed by its glow

and my family is protected by its light.

All too often we need the touch of another to dispel the oppressive darkness

and to restore within us the light within.

His work – restoring lights.

Our work- moving into the darkness in His Strength and Power in His Name.

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

Eleanor Roosevelt

 Has your light gone out?

   There is always hope no matter how difficult your situation.

Let’s take His Light into the darkness.

Life-giving restoration is available for you today.the light

   He is the Light that drives away all darkness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shining Moments

Early in the morning

    when everyone else sleeping

     I tiptoed downstairs.

The day had gone by too fast it seemed.

All this racing back and forth.

My soul longed for that holy quiet.

I plugged in the Christmas tree lights.

What joy

     to see them filling the room with light;

     filling my heart with cheer.

I knew that it was late but somehow this was what I needed most.

Like a bird yearning for the skies

    my soul longs for peace.

The clock ticked in the background as I sipped a warm cup of tea

   and enjoyed the moments.

Christmas light

   brightening the darkest hours

   and reminding us of the One Who said

   “I am the Light of the world.”

Time seemed to stand still for me as I stepped into the beauty  of the moment.

Sleep could wait.

This was too special to miss.

Once more

    I sensed in the holy quiet

     the wonder

         and peace

           and joy of Christmas.

It’s there for all

   but somehow too many miss it.

I almost did.

As I sat in the darkened room

   with only the Christmas tree lights on

    my mind wandered back to Christmases of old.

Tomorrow blended with today

   as I heard those beloved voices from the past.

Sounds that I will always treasure for as long as I live.

In the stillness of the evening

   I waited

   and there I received some special gifts.

The warmth of His Presence.

The song in the air.

The peace the beckons all of us to step forward towards it.

Take time to be this Christmas.

Yes, to be all there

     letting your heart receive the gifts of each day

      thousands upon thousands of gifts

   of His Love and Grace.

With open hands and open hearts

    join me in receiving the gifts

    and with thankful heart your life will be filled with light too.

Light that shines with an inner glow

    no matter how dark the circumstances.

 

 

When Light Breaks Through

 

An ordinary day turns extraordinary in a moment.

A simple word. A deed of kindness.

A letter or email. A visit with a friend.

Sometimes it almost seems like nothing extraordinary is happening

but beneath the surface where we cannot see.

He works

He loves

He breathes life into places that might seem beyond hope.

No, He is the One who loves to give us an extraordinary day and life.

My heart is tuned to see His Touch

    And I rejoice when I see again

         the miraculous.

I celebrate when people are healed

    and hopes are restored.

Let’s be that hope in others lives.

Our world is hungry and thirsty to know that He is Real

   And that He cares.

Knows the numbers of the hairs on our head.

Knows our deepest thoughts

Knows our longings and desires.

Yes and He not only knows but He has promised to give us more than we ask or think

    as we trust Him

Like sunshine bursting through on a cloudy day

   He loves to wrap us in His Light

       And whisper to us assurance

            That He will never, never fail us.

His Light has broken through

Celebrate His tender mercies

    Open wide the windows of your heart

          And let His sunshine in.