Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Living as Light


"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned." 
(Isaiah 9:2)


"Love is a weapon of light, and it has the power to eradicate all forms of darkness." 
(Yehuda Berg)


"Light shines in the darkness..."
(John 1:5)


"You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world."
(Matt 5:14 the Message)

I've been on a couple of cave tours. One essential piece of equipment is a headlamp. The guide had us stand still, and then we all turned out our lights. My eyes strained, searching for some pinpoint of light, however small. None appeared. Nothing was visible. What relief when we turned our lights on again. One small light illumines a great area.

How can you, how can I bring a speck of light into our dark world? A smile for someone who has none, a hug for someone in sorrow, a prayer for comfort, a bill dropped into the Salvation Army bucket, patience with a child, sharing what we have. 

As the days move towards the celebration of the coming of the Light of the World, I want to not only receive light, but be light.

Vee's Note Card party is on today. Click on the link to see what creative bloggers have come up with this month.

27 comments:

Maple Lane said...

Beautiful words and pictures, Lorrie. I am visiting from Vee's note card party. Merry Christmas!

ellen b. said...

Lovely Lorrie! I want to be in the light and illuminate it, too!

Vee said...

Amen...what dear truths you share. I, too, have been in the cave when all the lights were put out just for those few seconds. It was NOT a good feeling. These images so perfectly illustrate your points and I see that you enjoy the "blue hour" as well.

Happy@Home said...

Beautiful photos and lovely thoughts to go along with them.

Snap said...

Beautiful words and pictures. Great selections for Vee's party.

Lavender Cottage said...

Stunning capture of the candles during the blue hour in the first photo.

Sheila said...

You are so kind Lorrie. I have enjoyed reading the posts I have missed while away from blogging. Next time I come to Victoria I would love to have tea with you. i enjoyed seeing you and your sister side by side and your little Miss - she's a darling and must have enjoyed her birthday and the chocolate milk!

Cheryl said...

I love the thoughts that you have shared today as much as (more than? yes) your lovely photos. Ahhhh...the Light of the World! Your illustration of the small light in the cavernous darkness was perfect. Praying to be a small light...

Vickie said...

Lorrie - your note cards are a good lesson to us all to be lights of the world and reflect the love of God! Wonderful pics!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Great message to this post, Lorrie.

You are definately shining light to others, thank you!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS!

cucki said...

Beautiful photos and very sweet thoughts x

marigold jam said...

Lovely words and photos. Your sentiment reminds me of the little song we used to sing at Sunday School -
Jesus bids us shine
With a pure, clear light,
Like a little candle
Burning in the night.
In this world of darkness
So let us shine
You in your small corner,
And me in mine.

If we all shone a little it would soon add up to a really bright light wouldn't it?

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Lorrie
Your 'Note Card Party' post is my favourite of the ones I've read so far.
Such beautiful images accompanied by meaningful words in this special advent time - thank you.
Joyeux Noël
Shane ♥
(the first card is my choice - Hope, Joy, Peace and Love).

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

really enjoy the 1st shot with the hope candle (we all can use some hope) or the angels. great shots. Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year in 2013 to you & yours. big hugs. ( :

Mrs.Rabe said...

Light has come...

Beautiful words and photos.

Wonderful reminder to share the Light of the world....

Deanna

Donna said...

That is a beautiful message and lovely photos to illustrate the subject. I've echoed the same kind of sentiments about light in a couple of recent posts. Thank you for a heartwarming post. Doesn't Vee host great parties?!

Pamela Gordon said...

Lorrie, these are beautiful photos with a wonderful, timeless message of hope and light. Blessings, Pamela

Debbie said...

The only thing I like better than your pictures is the message at the end. I have done a cave exploration, and you are so right!

Denise at Forest Manor said...

This post is beautifully worded, Lorrie; and I love your pictures as well. Wonderful thoughts for all of us this Christmas season.

Blessings to you!

Denise

Pondside said...

I've been so fortunate today to read some very uplifting posts and this one is right up at the top. I read earlier this week about "punching a home in the dark" and this is what I hope we can all do!
Your photos are beautiful.

Karen and Gerard said...

Love your theme, nice cards too!

podso said...

Wonderful notecards and I too like the theme and the light I see in the cards. And, as an aside to your theme and wonderful words, I love the last photo of the folded linens!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love your soothing cnadles photos and the verses you chose to illustrate them, Lorrie. Beautiful post!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a beautiful post. I know I am enjoying the angels I have in my decor even more this holiday. I have angels on my dresser....I may leave them there for a little longer this season.

Pam Rios said...

What wonderful photos to imagine being on notecards! I'm so happy I stumbled upon Vee's and then all the pretty blogs listed for the card party. This is my first time to visit most of you. I especially appreciated your devotional to go with your photos. Merry Christmas!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

Beautifully said Lorrie... and such a perfect metaphor. Like you, I've experienced cave tours and that depth of darkness of which you write is spot on; the experience also left me with a similar appreciation for the power of one small light to penetrate the darkness (reminding me of that verse, 'darkness cannot exist in the presence of light'). It seems I am always striving to receive light. What a noble thing to aspire to BE (true) light... to contribute to it. This reminds me that, even in the tiniest way, we may be helping more than we could ever imagine. Thank you for the gentle nudge. Sending love and good thoughts to you and yours (with a lump in my throat as I write).
Love,
Tracey
x0x

Barbara said...

Beautiful. Darkness flees when the light shines onto it.