I have asked a few friends to drop by and add a little light and warmth to this space while I soak up sunshine with my family the next couple of weeks. Megan from Contented Sparrow is literally bringing light today. I do hope that you'll wander over to her place--there is so, so much beauty there. If you ended up brewing another pot tea--or even a whole pot--and hanging out there all afternoon, you will thank me. It's a wonderful, beautiful, spirit-filled place to be.
Hi there. I pray this finds you well today. I'm Megan and I have an eclectic little blog called Contented Sparrow. Eclectic is my vague way of saying that I can't really pin down what my blog is really about. It's just bits and pieces of me, the work of my hands and heart, and some of what I learn from God along the way. I've admitted over there before that while capturing moments and color and light with my camera comes naturally to me, writing does not. That's why it was with great trepidation that I agreed to write up a little post for dear Elizabeth while she would be away on her lovely vacation. Sorry, y'all, I'm no Mrs. Foss! I have no insightful words of my own to offer you today. I'm pulling my wisdom straight from God's Word! Because we're celebrating the Light of the World born in Bethlehem those years ago, the Light that leads us now, let's remind ourselves of what HE said about light.....
"...that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all."
1 John 1:5
"I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness."
"...the people dwelling in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death,
on them a light has dawned.”
"The sun shall be no more your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give you light; but the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory."
"...because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone."
"For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
2 Corinthians 4:6
"...giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son," Colossians 1:12-13
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
"For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness." Psalm 18:28
"The LORD is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us."
"And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb."
And, a prayer by John Baillie that praises our Bright Morning Star, words that cause me to still, breathe, and my soul to rise to Him. My prayer for you today, too.
O Lord and Maker of all things, for whose creative power the first light came forth, who didst look upon the world's first morning and see that it was good, I praise Thee for this light that now streams through my windows to rouse me to the life of another day.
I praise Thee for the life that stirs within me: I praise Thee for the bright and beautiful world into which I go: I praise Thee for earth and sea and sky, for scudding cloud and singing bird: I praise Thee for the work Thou hast given me to do: I praise Thee for all that Thou hast given me to fill my leisure hours: I praise Thee for my friends: I praise Thee for music and books and good company and all pure pleasures. O Thou who Thyself art everlasting Mercy, give me a tender heart today towards all those to whom the morning light brings less joy than it brings to me:.... O Light that never fades, as the light of day now streams though these windows and floods this room, so let me open to Thee the windows of my heart, that all my life may be filled by the radiance of Thy presence. Let no corner of my being be unillumined by the light of Thy countenance. Let there be nothing within me to darken the brightness of the day. Let the Spirit of Him whose life was the light of men rule within my heart till eventide. Amen.
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