Light Shines in the Darkness

Isaiah 42:5-9

Thus says God the Lord,

Who created the heavens and stretched them out,

Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it,

Who gives breath to the people on it,

And spirit to those who walk on it:

“I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness,

And will hold Your hand;

I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people,

As a light to the Gentiles,

To open blind eyes,

To bring out prisoners from the prison,

Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.

I am the Lord, that is My name;

And My glory I will not give to another,

Nor My praise to carved images.

Behold, the former things have come to pass,

And new things I declare;

Before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

The Bible reveals our blessing as followers of Christ, to be His lighthouses wherever we are placed. As we receive Christ within, we receive the Light, and we become His house of light. This brightness the very essence of heaven, and a light beyond our understanding. We reveal this light in word, deed, prayer, and presence. The image of the lighthouse seems so appropriate.

For we see the lighthouse beaming forward, revealing guiding hope amongst the darkness, and intentionally contrasting. This light bringing a deep sense of being not alone, a welcoming presence causing loneliness to flee. At the same time this light warns of danger, and calls to us to stay away from the perils around, while guiding our way to a safe passage. As the carriers of light, we shine much more brightly, with the very glory of God revealed through us as we follow Jesus Christ, and become more like Him.

So we need to remember the nature of the light that He will shine through for us. One of grace and truth, mercy and justice, eternal, and not about us, rather for Christ and life.

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