A man turned off the light and went to bed. Because of this, people died.
The man lives in a lighthouse; when he turned off the light, two ships crashed. For months, the man is wracked with guilt—how could he forget to keep the light on? What was he thinking? Years pass. The man moves to a small inland town. He attends group therapy regularly. At one session, he meets a widow of three years. She is beautiful in a quiet way. They get married. She never questions why he refuses to turn off the lights at night. Days become decades. They don’t have children, but they are happy together. One day, the man visits an antique shop and breaks down sobbing when he sees a ship in a bottle. He asks his wife to drive him to the ocean. She does. She knows not to ask why. They arrive. The man forgives himself. He finally forgives himself.
And you, beloved, are the light of the world. A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden. Similarly it would be silly to light a lamp and then hide it under a bowl. When someone lights a lamp, she puts it on a table or a desk or a chair, and the light illumines the entire house. You are like that illuminating light. Let your light shine everywhere you go, that you may illumine creation, so men and women everywhere may see your good actions, may see creation at its fullest, may see your devotion to Me, and may turn and praise your Father in heaven because of it.
In a world that can’t see God ‘cause she can’t lose sight of self
Tarries weary, jaded warriors tempted to climb onto a shelf
Burdened by guilt and weighted by sin are dimmers of the Light
Love is bound and wolves surround when blinded by the night
But dusty tomes have no voice and in silence who will see
Darkness cannot dim the Light nor shackle those made free
Repent the sin forgive yourself and always choose to live
Don’t douse a light or hoard a gift that was all ways given to give
Cause while people search and sheeple church masses fall in the battle
Recall Saul bit the proverbial dust- but he was Paul when he resumed the saddle!
Light: What does the Bible say?
Recently, I stumbled onto an article that caused me to stop and marvel…it spoke to the Apostle Paul, formally Saul. Jew, Roman Soldier, hater & murderer of Christians– yet the Apostle Paul authored 3/4 of the New Testament and today is revered and honored.
How does that happen?
Stephen, man of God, guilty of nothing more than sharing the Truth of the Gospel of Christ, martyred by stoning as Saul stood by and watched…
They laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul, while they were pelting Stephen with rocks.
Stephen (as rocks fell upon him): Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
Then he knelt in prayer, shouting at the top of his lungs, Lord, do not hold this evil against them!
Those were his final words; then he fell asleep in death.
The author of the article pointed out the possibility that Saul’s conversion may have been a direct result of Stephen’s selfless prayer.
Wow. Just wow.
Incidentally, the very last words of Christ recorded at His cross? Father forgive them, they know not what they do.