In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16 NIV

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Let Our Lights So Shine

On June 11, 1925, the first traffic lights in Canada went into operation at the Delta in east Hamilton, Ontario. But there were problems. The intersection at Main and King streets criss-crossed at an angle, and that meant approaching motorists would sometimes be confused about which set of lights was meant for them. The other issue was the lights were outfitted with a bell that would loudly ring when the amber light came on and it drove nearby residents crazy.

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It won’t be long before cities and towns across Canada will be twinkling with the lights of the Christmas season. It is a blessing at this time of the year as the hours of sunlight lessen and so many Canadians deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder. The lights bring brightness and joy into our lives at a time of year when we need these. Light always has this effect on human beings. We are not nocturnal – we are created to live in the light. Jesus our Creator knew this when he said this in Matthew 5:16: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Jesus is telling his followers that we shine the light of His love and grace in the good deeds that we do. We are called to acts of compassion and kindness to those around us in order that they will see the goodness of God in the lives of His people. In a world where many are suffering from a lack of spiritual light, let’s take time today to find some way to love others in Jesus’ name.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley