This Little Light of Mine

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your  Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

Life in one particular rural village challenged and fascinated me. Imagine starting a campfire or a charcoal flame without matches or kerosene? And the people didn’t rub sticks together.  

A woman carried one of her hot charcoals to her neighbor, who used it to start her fire.  The neighbor in turn carried a glowing coal to her nearby friend. The fire went from home to home early each morning.

By the time it circled back to the first woman, it was time for lunch, and she started passing a hot coal for the next round of cooking fires.

If something happened and a woman’s flame got extinguished, she could always ask someone for a hot coal. No one was ever denied one. 

I loved watching the women walk from house to house to give away their hot coals. It reminded me of sharing the light of Christ with each another.

One day I asked how the first woman started her fire without matches, sticks or kerosene?

What a surprise to hear, “THE FIRE NEVER WENT OUT.”

This was hard to believe. How could one fire burn day and night all the time in the bush without technology?  When the hot coal arrived at the last person’s home long after dark it was time to prepare homemade beer. That woman kept the fire going throughout the night to boil the brew. She was the first one to pass it on each morning.

 There was always a fire in that one little village for it was never extinguished.

Wouldn’t it be great if our fires, the light of Christ in us, never went out, and we always had His Shining Light in us as a witness?

Let’s be a light in this dark world, and pass on the love of Christ.

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

Have a great week and join me again next Saturday,




About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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