“1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
2 See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the LORD rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn. 4 “Lift up your eyes and look about you:
All assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters are carried on the hip.
5 Then you will look and be radiant,
your heart will throb and swell with joy;”
-Isaiah 60: 1-5
Many people are familiar with the song, “This Little Light of Mine.” It is a Sunday School staple but it also one that has made its way into popular culture through quotes, movies, and other media. It is a song to help teach children that they should hold the light of Christ that is within them, up high for all to see. They are taught not to hide it under a bush or a basket, or to let the light go out.
The light of God’s love, restored through Christ, is alive and burning in each of us when we accept grace. What are we supposed to do with this light?
Let it shine!
We are to be reflections of the light in the midst of the darkness of this world; the darkness that engulfs so many broken souls. When we stand up and let God’s loving light radiate through us, we stand as points of hope in the world.
We need to stand and let our light shine on the injustices we see around us, from the bullied child next door to the slave trafficking happening in our cities and around the world. We need to not be afraid to let our light shine because someone may be looking for the exact light God is shining through us, when we least expect it.
By seeing each person we encounter as worthy, valuable, and loved, we are letting our light shine; this is how God’s love works.
Think about when you light candles. You bring the light to each unlit wick, and when the lit candle meets the unlit, a spark occurs and more light is born.
There are millions of broken, unlit candles out there waiting for the spark of hope to light the way.
Will you let your light radiate into the darkness? Will you burn bright with God’s love?