No Longer A Light {chronicle}

No Longer A Light {chronicle}

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Last night when I was driving home on our country road, my attention was drawn to the decorative white lights in the window of one of many well-preserved old New England homes.  It was inviting.  And I felt drawn by my old line of thinking.

You see, I have often observed the lighted windows of homes with a spirit of discontent and longing, assuming that what lies beyond my reach is somehow better than what I possess.

But last night my thoughts were quickly drawn away by the embarrassing acknowledgement of a jealous spirit, for which I asked forgiveness.  Immediately my thinking was changed to this:

What if I had been given the very best of everything, and the Giver was standing beside me as I looked with envy upon the possessions of another?

What would He think and feel about me?

How insolent of me to think so poorly of His sacrifice in giving to me.

Quickly the tears came.  Tears of shame.  And more so because it has taken so many decades for me to listen, to see beyond myself.

But it didn’t stop there.  It continued.

As I passed the houses whose Christmas lights are still on, and the Cape with the tree on the back deck adorned in white lights (I just love that they are still on in February) .. I began to think about heaven.

I found myself thinking that theses lights would no longer be a light in the presence of God who is the Light.  He is the essence of light itself.  His glory is above all glory.  And it is impossible for me to see Him in His glory until I stand before Him clothed in Christ’s righteousness.

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God is Light.

I am in the midst of reviewing 2 Corinthians, which I have been memorizing for several years.  There are two places in chapter three which refer to the children of Israel not being able to behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance, because he had been in God’s presence.

There will be no light in heaven but for God’s glory.  If there were lights they would not be seen.  They would be out-shined by God.  Lights that are now will be no longer a light.

Any light that I hope to put forth must be done in this mortal body, while it can be seen.  

And the source of that light is Jesus Christ and His Spirit who lives in me.

Light is best seen in the darkness.  Jesus commands us to let our light shine in this evil world.

The last house on the country road going home is an old colonial farmhouse with an added Great Room on the side.  I have the privilege of enjoying those lights most evenings from my home.  And the myriad of brilliant stars overhead, all of which remind me of the Creator and Giver and Source of light and life.

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God,and not of us.

2 Corinthians 4:6-7

No Longer A Light {chronicle}

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