why “This Little Light of Mine” matters (five minute friday)

This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine.

The refrain is familiar to many of us. It’s a Sunday School song, with a beautiful, brave message.

What does it really mean, friends, to let our light shine? Maybe we begin by asking . . . where does our light come from?

God is the Heavenly match, the One who lights our lights and makes them big. He can make our lights the flicker of a candle and large as fireworks.

All lights matter. Consider the power of just one candle, or just one pocket-sized flashlight, in the middle of a power outage. Consider the string of lights on a Christmas tree: if one light is out, the entire string is rendered useless.

Easter is about grace. That big, far-beyond-words grace. Grace that lights our light, time and time again, even after we’ve put it out. Grace that is light in the darkness. Grace that shines our lights in a way bigger than we can imagine.

To let our lights shine is to lean in faith on the One who lights our light, and in turn, to share the light with those around us. To let our lights shine, then, is to get into the dark places and love big.

Excited to link up again with Five Minute Friday and the Gypsy Mama.

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14 thoughts on “why “This Little Light of Mine” matters (five minute friday)

  1. You gave me a new perspective on that song. I appreciate that…and yes, we need to let our light, His light shine in the dark places and love big.

  2. Today is Good Friday. Today a couple thousand years ago, Christ entered darkness, defeating it, so that we would never have to live in it again. Praise Jesus for a God who would not rest until His family was restored.

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