Darkness

“The Word (Christ) was in the beginning. The Word was with God. The Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. He made all things. Nothing was made without Him making it. Life began by Him. His Life was the Light for men. The Light shines in the darkness. The darkness has never been able to put out the Light.” (John 1:1-5, NLV).

“The Light shines in the darkness.”

“The Light shines in the darkness.”

“The Light shines in the darkness. The darkness has never been able to put out the Light.”

“The darkness has never been able to put out the Light.”

It never has.

It never will.

Light banishes darkness.

He who is Light declared that we, His children, are light (Matthew 5:14).

A simple lit match dispels darkness.

We do not have to big, strong, famous, or rich, to make a difference wherever we are.

We are light.

I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure . Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Darkness.”

Midweek boost: Promised light

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“For God, who said, ‘Let brilliant light shine out of darkness,’ is the one who has cascaded his light into us—the brilliant dawning light of the glorious knowledge of God as we gaze into the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6, TPT).

31 Days of Loving Well: Light

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Week 4 – Loving people I do not know, well: Introduction

The idea of loving people I do not know, well, seems far-fetched. Isn’t knowledge and a relationship necessary for loving well? But, within me, I sense this truth, “I can behave in loving ways without feeling love.” And I see that, of all the ways of loving well that I have reflected on in this 31 Days of Loving Well series, this one, “Loving people I do not know well,” highlights the fact that love is a decision. But, while it is true that I can behave in loving ways without feeling love, I cannot do so in my own strength. So I thank God for the truth of Philippians 2:13 (ISV), “For it is God who is producing in you both the desire and the ability to do what pleases him.”


The following question was posted on the boyslife.org website, “I have a lantern that has a removable glass covering, and it has soot all over it. How can I get it off?” The answer is to wash it with soapy water. The last sentence in the answer states, “New lantern or old though, a clean globe will improve the brightness of your lantern …” And, as I think of the light of God within me, and allowing His light to be visible in me, I recognize the need to keep the “globe” of my life, so to speak, clean. And I do so by allowing my life to be washed in the water of the Word. Allowing His light to be visible in me, is one way I can love (behave in a loving manner to) those I do not know, well.


Today’s edited post was written for Day 22 of the 31 Days of Loving Well series. The prompt is, “Light.” To read other posts in the 31 Days of Loving Well series, please click here.

Monday Vitamins: Light and Love

“The worst mass shooting in the history of the United States of America,” the newscasters and the headlines declared. Fifty dead. At least 53 wounded. Not just numbers. People. Individuals. Daughters. Sons. Brothers. Sisters. Friends. Someone’s beloved. And I  remember and cling still to the truths in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s words, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

And I reflect on the question a dear friend posed to me, “Aww my friend. When will the haters learn to love?” My only answer is, when the haters come to know the One who is Light and Love.

“Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, ‘I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life’” (John 8:12, AMP).

“The one who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. [He is the originator of love, and it is an enduring attribute of His nature.] (1 John 4:8, AMP).

May those of us  who profess to know Him allow His light and His love to be visible in us today.