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Revelation 21:4 – “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

I woke up yesterday morning with something I have I never experienced before – severe pain in my shoulders and upper back. I turned over to turn off my alarm and felt like someone had stabbed me in the shoulders! And it nagged me all day. 

And then I saw the news – a plane full of soccer players went down in Central America. Six people survived. Three were on the soccer team. My son came home and informed me that one of the men who died had just learned he would be a father. My heart broke. 

So much pain. So much sorrow. So many tears. So many fears. 

Bummer. Right? Geesh, Melissa. You sure know how to throw on a wet towel!

But wait! There’s a bright side!

My God, MY GOD!, shall wipe away ALL tears. Not some tears – all tears. All the tears from losing a loved one. All the tears from physical pain. All the tears of the broken hearted. All tears. They shall be wiped away by the hand of the tender and loving God. 

I’m looking forward to that day. It has been a wild and wacky year filled with uncertainty and confusion and anger and frustration. But it has also been a year of hope and laughter and joy as well. 

But one day, when Jesus returns, He will set all things straight. He will make all things new. He will take all the yuck out of the world and make it so much better. 

I’m looking forward to that day. I’m ready for it. And as much as I enjoy the twinkling lights of Christmas, I look forward to the everlasting Light of the world shining for all to see. 

Hope. 

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Let Your Little Light Shine

Matthew 5:14-16 – “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

The “little folks” sang one of my favorite children’s songs yesterday – “This little light of mine.” Such great spiritual truths in a song sang from such little mouths. 

As children of the King, we should all have the Light shining out from us. Others should be able to see that Light from any distance. 

The first verse of that song says, “Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine!” We sometimes hide our Light. We are afraid that others may make fun of us because we choose to let It shine. But we shouldn’t let that hold us back. Our Light is what makes us who we are. It is our driving force! Why hide it?

The next verse says, “Won’t let Satan blow it out! I’m gonna let it shine!” The devil is going to do whatever he can to diminish the brightness of our Light. He’s going to huff and puff and do whatever he can to make our Light seem dim. We have to attend to that Light. Nothing can blow it out, but if we let him, he can make seem like the flame is  leaning and becoming a glimmer. It’s our choices that cause the Light to seem to waiver. The Light doesn’t change, but our perception of the Light changes. If the devil can turn our perception far enough away to think that the Light is gone, he has won. We cannot let him think he has won. 

The last verse is – “Let it shine till Jesus comes! I’m gonna let it shine!” The time is coming quickly. We must be diligent and active to shine our Light. 

So let me encourage you this week to let your Light shine! Don’t hide it away. Don’t let the devil try and blow it out. Let it shine!