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The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” Matthew 4:16

 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  John 1:4,5

 … a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”  Luke 2:32

This year I have been enjoying the season through the eyes of my younger children.  Their awe and excitement has warmed the heart of a tired, overwhelmed mom.  We have moved a few weeks ago into a house we are so blessed to live in, but it came with some challenges of its own.  And normal life demands don’t slow down just because you add in a big extra event.

But through it all, I have been overwhelmed mostly with gratitude I can’t really express in words.  I have never sensed the hand of God so near as He has been the past few weeks… in spite of myself!  Yes, I get irritable when I’m tired and feel as if I’m losing my grip.  But losing grip does something interesting. It causes you to fall back into the arms of the One who has it all under control.  Time after time, things I worried about fell into place in ways I couldn’t have planned if I tried.  With each hurdle or frustration came a blessing of equal or greater value.  I am finding thankfulness a way of life that I never have before.

But all these words..they don’t tell the story.  Not really.

Just like this picture doesn’t come close to capturing the awe of seeing the light in the darkness for yourself.

I have a feeling no matter what kind of camera I tried to use, this light cannot be experienced second hand.  You can admire it, but you can’t truly know what it’s like unless you see it for yourself.

The light of Jesus is the same.  Darkness is powerless over it, yet it can’t be captured and held in your hand.  We think we can tell someone about it and have them see it, but truly, only He can reveal Himself to another person.  Our words may be used to invite a person to turn and see… but they must see Him, and not ourselves.

Gratitude for the true rest and freedom that is in Christ is not something I can explain to you, even though this entire blog endeavors to do so.  My prayer for those who visit is that they will see JESUS.. and His light in the darkness.


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