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Today's Devotional Reading
Christmas Lights

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Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (John 8:12).

The lights are beautiful this time of year. So many different colors and variations. It has always been enjoyable to go riding through the streets as Christmas nears, and look at all the wonderful decorations. The city streets take on a strange, enchanting kind of glow that seems to draw so many out to see the sights.
To consider our Lord’s words in calling us the “light of the world,” the Christmas lights seem so perfect a representation of what He has called us to be. They are beautiful and enchanting. They draw us out to look at them and become enthralled by their wonder. Jesus was the most beautiful Light ever, and we are lights even as He said. If only we could have an effect on our world year ‘round, as the Christmas lights have on so many of us each Christmas,

A Chorus Line of Lights

To contemplate the state of man
has often led me to despair
for what I see is more than I
would ever hope to hold or know.
But candles glow within so many
distant, dark and gloomy nights
and we are but a flicker
dancing in a chorus line of lights.
I see the church, a chosen vessel
to carry love and truth in heart.
I see a church in disarray
for selfishness has quenched love’s fire.
But candles glow within so many
distant, dark and gloomy nights
and we are but a flicker
dancing in a chorus line of lights.
My hope at times seems empty
as to think that we shall ever see
Christ-like hearts take form in us
to grip and save humanity.
But candles glow within so many
distant, dark and gloomy nights
and God can use a flicker,
dancing in a chorus line of lights.

We are the light of the world. Sometimes we will feel like we are not a very bright light, or like our light does not make a difference. Perhaps we see ourselves as a tiny flicker in a vast darkness. But we are not alone. Our light is one of so many lights and God can use us all to accomplish His goal. We must never give up hope.
It has been said as encouragement to us, and bears repeating, that we must continue doing what we know to do--do our best--and let God do the rest. Instead of looking at the vast darkness and seeing ourselves as a single, puny light, may God help us to be a light where we are--showing His love, His grace and His kindness to a single person.
There is a song that says, “It only takes a spark, to get a fire going.” Sometimes we are so concerned with the fire that we forget a our spark can do.

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