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Lenten Devotions

Day 38: Written by Susan Erickson

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“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Three years ago my family and I attended our nephew/cousin’s Concordia University basketball tournament. One of the visiting Concordia teams had a warm up shirt with the words “Shine….Matthew 5:16” written on the back. My first thought was… I love that shirt and my second thought was the song “This Little Light of Mine.”

Watching the game and thinking about their shirts, I realized it makes beautiful sense both on and off the court. We are each blessed with a light and given directions to shine our lights so others may see our works and glorify our Father. We don’t all shine with the same brightness, but that’s ok so long as our lights are not hidden. We don’t know the amount of light needed for a given situation, but God does. Playing as a team, each player is given an opportunity to shine his/her own light and to use the talents given to them by God. One player’s light may seem brighter than another’s, but to have success all will shine. Off the court, we all shine as well. However, you may feel your specific light might not be bright enough, but at any given time your light might shine bright enough for another. Our lights shine through our actions: love, compassion, and forgiveness, but Christ’s light shines through our attitudes, words, and deeds.

Game situations aren’t the only opportunity to shine our given lights, daily life is opportunity enough, so keep shining your light because you never know how much light is needed to illuminate a situation.

Prayer: Dear God, thank You for the light You have given each and every one of us. Excuse us when we think our light isn’t shining or isn’t enough. Please give us confidence in our light and opportunities to shine so that others will know You are the true Light of the World. Amen.