“In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”—John 1:4-5 (NIV).
Stars twinkled in the sky, providing illumination for the late-night and pre-dawn hour walks around my front yard. My dog was confined to a crate for more than six weeks. I couldn’t allow him to roam around my fenced-in back yard to do his business.
Along with the light from the stars, my neighbors’ Christmas lights lit up our street. I didn’t need a flashlight to brighten my path. Although those 42 nightly trips around my yard were, at times, exhausting, the stars reminded me of the opportunities we have to shine God’s light into the darkness.
In one of her daily devotionals, author Christine Caine talked about visiting the prison camp in Auschwitz. “I realized,” she wrote, “that crimes against God’s children are no less evil today than they were during World War II, and perpetrators are no less cruel. Evil exists throughout the world now—not just in history.”
Maintaining a Positive Outlook
Too many times, especially after the excitement of Christmas, we feel let down. After the gifts have been unwrapped and the tinsel put away until next year, we shift back into everyday mode. With the negative news of evil throughout our world, sometimes it’s hard to maintain a positive outlook.
In a recent inspiring news article, journalists didn’t just report the news. They made the news. A Tulsa, Ok. photojournalist with a local television station had just wrapped up a live shot in front of the jail for an upcoming broadcast.
The men had just loaded up their equipment into the car when one of the photographers noticed a newly-released inmate exiting the building. When Jerome Akintunde realized the man was without shoes in the frigid weather, he removed his own and gave them to the barefoot man. Akintude said, “This guy needed those shoes more than me.”
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SOURCE: Assist News, Carol Round