• Diana Dodd

25 Names of Christ Celebration - Day 20

Throughout history humans have sought methods of combating the dark. Whoever discovered how to make a fire, must have been lauded as a hero among his people. We feel an instinctive fear of the dark, and I’ve often heard it said that nothing good happens after midnight.

Thomas Edison spent over two years developing the incandescent light bulb, and I’m grateful to him and the Lord for providing his genius and determination. Our youngest daughter still sleeps with a nightlight, and I slept with a lamp on the first time my husband, who’s in the Army, left for an extended period of time. I was too afraid to be alone in the dark without him.

In John 8:12, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

The Bible uses darkness as an analogy for evil, and Jesus who is the absolute antithesis of evil, is described as light. John 1:4-5 says, “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.”

Jesus, our light, stronger and more radiant than any lightbulb ever even imagined. Jesus shines like a beacon in our dark world, lighting the way to the Father, as a lighthouse lights the way to safety for a ship at sea.

One of my most fervent prayers is that I would reflect his light into the world. I imagine Christians walking around with an aura of light all around us, which grows brighter the more we walk in Jesus’ light and dims when we draw away from him. I imagine non-believers who may be seeking God, or maybe not even sure what they are looking for but seeking something bigger than themselves, being drawn to that light.

As Christians we are called to be ready to give an answer for our hope, for the light shining within us. (1Peter 3:15) As the lyrics of the children’s hymn declare, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine!”

Heavenly Father, we thank You for sending Your Word forth to become our Light in the darkness. We pray for His radiance to continue to shine upon us and through us and guide us to follow Him to Your glory. May we reflect His light upon others and help them feel the warmth of Your love. In Jesus’ holy and precious name – Amen!

Graphic by Chrissie Angell.

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