“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
I’ve learned a lot of lessons on this cancer journey. One pertains to light.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). It amazes me how true this verse has become to me. Although darkness has encompassed me every day, I have never walked in darkness because of the Light of Life within me.
Somewhere along the way, I realized the darker the path seemed to grow, the brighter the Light shone. Now, that’s not rocket science or even a huge revelation. Yet, for me, it became an epiphany of sorts. Not only was the Light within me bursting forth to guide me along the path, it seemed to lift me higher…above the path. That’s when I understood the purpose of the Light was not so much for me, but for the lost souls, the wanderers, those shipwrecked, and those who searching for rest.
A deeper meaning of Light dawned upon me. I formed an acronym to remind myself of the Light Jesus give to each of us:
Life is the gift of Light. Jesus is the Light and in Him is Life. Without light nothing worthwhile can grow. All life forms have seeds to reproduce. Seeds insure life. Jesus planted seeds of faith within every believer.
Integrity is the first seed. We must be morally sound and united with Christ in total allegiance to bring others to Him.
Grace brought us to safely to Him. Likewise, we must extend that same grace to others no matter how much they seem unworthy. We too were unworthy, but He said we were worthwhile.
Hope for a future belongs to the believer. It’s our responsibility to plant this seed in the hearts of the lost and dying.
Truth comes from fellowship with Christ. It partners with hope to bring Life and Light to the world of darkness.
How has your light shined in the darkness to help others find their way?
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K Hendricks
Below are some photos of “happy painters” displaying their art. This was a class of 44 participants … so much laughter. That’s what it’s all about.