Words from the Heart for Friday April 24th, 2020

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 (NIV)

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Let Your Light Shine

Mathew Evans is one of two Canadians who developed and patented an incandescent light bulb, on July 24, 1874, five years before Thomas Alva Edison’s U.S. patent on the device. Evans, from Toronto, and his friend Henry Woodward, made the light bulb by sending electricity through a filament made of carbon. The two men had patented it but did not have enough money to develop their invention, so they sold their US patent to Thomas Edison for US$5,000. They also granted Edison an exclusive licence to their equivalent Canadian patent.

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It’s difficult for us to comprehend what life must have been like before the invention of the electric lightbulb. Lamplighters would wander each evening throughout the cities lighting gas streetlights which would give a certain glow to city streets. But outside of the city the only lights in the evening were campfires and oil lamps. It was a dark world. And with the darkness came danger and violence. It’s no wonder that Jesus taught His followers, in Matthew 5:14-16: “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.” Through how we live our lives and how we love others, we shine light into the spiritual darkness that marks the lives of those who don’t know Jesus. Put the light of Jesus that is shining through your life on a stand, and light up those around you.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley