Good morning! I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating Independence day (4th of July). There were hundreds of firework displays throughout our nation. May our light shine brighter than the fireworks that filled the sky last night. Enjoy your day and today’s verses.
“14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14-16.
Last night, I drove home through valleys and hills. The road was very dark, but I could see the firework displays (legal and illegal) throughout several cities. There were beautiful displays with various colors and formations. And, while the sky was bright from a distance, the road I was on was dark and at times required me to use my high beams (bright lights) to help me to see the road with clarity.
In the same way, we will see Christians all around the world. Some will have bright beautiful lights that shine as bright as the fireworks in the sky. Others will have just enough light to follow the path the Lord has put before them. However, no matter how bright our lights are, when things in life or our path seems darker than usual, don’t forget to tap into the power of the Holy Spirit who will activate the bright lights. The Holy Spirit will light up our path to a magnitude that we can not contain and allow us to shine brighter than we can on our own.
As we exemplify the qualities of the Beatitudes (see last weeks reading), our light will shine and point our good deeds to the Lord.
Will you display the light the Lord has given you? _______
Will you share your light with the world? ______
Father God, thank you for another day and opportunity to serve you. Lord, we love you and thank you for all you have done for us. Lord, you are our rock and shield, our promise keeper and our comforter. Lord, you know everything about us and what is happening in our lives. Lord, we ask for your presence and your strength to sustain us each day. Lord, may your peace overflow in us. Lord, we want to be a light in this world. Lord, teach us to follow you and not to be afraid of showing our God-given talent to the world. Lord, continue to be our guide in all that we do. Lord, work in us. In Jesus name we pray, amen.
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