The Light that never goes out

Jesus is the light that never goes out. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never be in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 

I spent the night in a rural bush community without electricity, but the light never went out. 

In the center of the village a woman tended a campfire.  She cooked a giant pot of millet beer which needed to simmer for a long time. I woke in the dark hours of the early morning. The burning coals of that fire were gone, but one hut in the distance had a light in it. Then I saw a woman carrying a smoking ember to her neighbor. A few moments later there were two lighted huts. Another lady with a red-hot charcoal darted from one hut and ran to a nearby mud house. Then a child carrying a flaming ember dashed out of that structure and  headed to another hut. 

An hour later every home in the community was shining brightly in that darkness. One little burning coal had started a series of cooking fires, lit  kerosene lanterns and flaming torches throughout the entire village. One of the women always kept a fire going so she could give it to another person, so there would always be light.

If the light of Christ shines in us and through us we could light up others with Him. If we share the light of Jesus in us, we can light a room, a house, a town, a state, a country, and maybe even the world.  

To brighten the earth, we must give Christ’s light away.

So share Jesus and his love each day along the way.



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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