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Topic: light (05/24/04)

TITLE: The Light That Shines Through The Darkness
By Phyllis Inniss
05/29/04

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THE LIGHT THAT SHINES THROUGH THE DARKNESS



Lovers usually serenade their loved ones with beautiful words: “You light up my life”, “You are the light of my life”, “You are my soul’s delight, and other romantic lyrics. This is heart-warming for the loved one, who needs to be reassured of being loved. If the love is unrequited, pleading in song for a response becomes urgent.

We sing songs of praise to God to show how much we love and worship Him. How do we measure God’s love? His love cannot be measured. It knows no bounds. He sent His only begotten son to save us from our sins by allowing Him to be crucified on the cross on Calvary. He came to light our way out of the darkness that Adam’s sin brought into the world. We cannot find our way out of this darkness by ourselves. We need the light of Jesus to guide us so that our light will shine before men that they may see our good works.

Some of us go through a tunnel of darkness that never seems to end, because there is no light to guide us out of it.. Our sinful nature blinds us to what is good and right, what is truth and what is not. We keep moving on, getting nowhere fast, but still holding on to whatever is not honourable, just, pure, lovely and gracious. Then there are those who go through a maze of darkness. Unless they get out of this maze, they cannot see the light. They cannot “walk as children of .light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true)” The maze confuses them and they go around in circles following one wrong path after another.

Are we walking as children of light? Is our light shining before men? Are they seeing our good works? We are bombarded on every side with injustice, dishonour, impurity, obscene language on the radio and on the television, and on the streets, lack of consideration for others, aggressive behaviour and ridicule. What message are we sending to our children?. This negative behaviour has far-reaching consequences for our society. What can we as Christians do? We must light up other people’s life – show patience, love, kindness, strive for peace, even when all around us seems bent on confrontation. It may not be so easy.
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Unless we seek God’s help. Unless we call on the name of Jesus to light our way out of the complexities of life, out of those danger zones in which we find ourselves, we will be lost in a maze of sin and darkness and sorrow. We must let Him be Master of our fate and not try to master our own fate. He is the way, the truth and the light.

We walk by faith, not by sight.
God’s guiding hand shows us the light
To obey His word both day and night.
No need for fear, no cause for fright,
With lustrous moon and stars so bright
We reach towards the heavenly light.


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B Price05/31/04
enjoyed reading. a few typos such as :
honourable, should been honorable
dishonour
behaviour=should been behavior

other than that very good.
Deborah Porter 06/01/04
Oh Phyllis, we English English writers are going to come across these spelling corrections again and again I'm afraid (I'm an Aussie and we follow the same language rules). ;-) Keep writing "honourable" lovely lady! I had a personal battle when I first started writing on-line over whether to conform to the US English style or just keep writing as I'd been brought up to do. In the end I chose to be true to what was right for an Australian and my readers basically supported that. So if you know you haven't made any typos and someone comments that there are some in your work (as this dear lady did on mine), don't worry too much. It's just our English English! (LOL - and what on earth would the English know about English!) ;-)

It's late and I'm getting cheeky. Anyway, I wanted to say that I loved your article. It had a good message and was rounded off beautifully with that poem. Well done. With love, Deb

L.M. Lee06/02/04
walking by faith...to remember who holds our hand and guides us. sometimes I have to remind myself to not get too impressed with my own personal "light."

good piece! :-)
Annette Agnello06/02/04
Ending prose with a poem was interesting.
Lynne Gaunt06/04/04
Your article conveyed a very nice message. I really liked your opening and you stayed on track right through. Good job!