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By Christine Pitts
Recently almost over night red fences suddenly sprang up around every lamppost in every road in our town, pavements became partially or completely blocked causing people in electric buggies and parents with push chairs to squeeze past or even in some cases to have to go out onto the road. Inside each fence a fairly deep round hole slightly bigger than the diameter of a lamppost appeared, created very quickly by an amazing machine which looked like a cross between a round digger and a vacuum cleaner, sucking up all the soil and rubbish at the same time as drilling the hole. The Council informed us that they were replacing every light with new more efficient, more economical, and brighter but less polluting lights.
They are also considering turning off the street lights for several hours in the middle of the night to save money.
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). The light of his love will never go out or fade, he doesn’t need to make himself more efficient or economic, his love is extravagant, and is a “lamp for our feet and a light for our path” (Psalm 119:105) his light removes all the darkness of sin in our lives.
Psalm 27:1 says: “the Lord is my light and my salvation so why should I be afraid”. Fear is a dark shadow that can completely surround us and imprison us within ourselves, but we are able to overcome all fear by plugging into the light of the Lord.
Jesus called us to be a light in the world. He said: “You are the light of the world, like a city on a mountain glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket, instead put it on a stand and let it shine for all”. (Matthew 5:14-15)
A city on top of a mountain cannot be hidden, its lights are seen for miles around. If we are living for Jesus we will reflect his love bringing light into all the dark places of this world. But sometimes we hide our light when we keep quiet instead of speaking out, when we let sin rule in our lives, when we ignore the needs of others and don’t show love as Jesus told us to, or when we try and do things in our own strength without seeking guidance from Jesus. We need to keep plugged into Jesus so that his light will shine out of us dispelling the darkness and bringing his love, joy and peace to others.
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