Tuesday, June 2, 2009

This Little Light Of Mine

My heart is heavy today for some of my girlfriends. One who is suffering a tragic loss of a young child and one that has not yet suffered a loss, but is at a point that it feels like she already has.

Life happens. Sometimes a person is on this earth for many, many years and sometimes they are here only a very short time. My heart aches for these women.

Last night my husband and I had a conversation with our girls about suicide. This is a conversation I didn't think I would have to have with an 8 and 6 year old. However, I wanted to be the one to talk about this topic before it was a conversation between their friends.

My innocent little 6 year old, did not understand. Her first response to our explanation was, "Did they want to get to heaven faster to see Jesus." We explained it all the best we could. But I cannot get this statement out of my mind.

I have a scripture running through my head that I want to share with her from Matthew 5.

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

One of my friends yesterday said to me, "There is a lot of darkness in this world." She is right. But even in darkness, one light can overcome that darkness. We can be in complete darkness, but if we light a small candle, we are able to see.

We do not know the path of our life. How long it will be or how short. But, we can shine our light so that those that are around us will not be engulfed in darkness. Our light can offer hope to people that feel like they do not have any.

I am trying to teach my 3 year-old some of the classic bible songs that I learned as a child. One of them is This little light of mine. One of the lines is, "Hide it under a bushel, No. I'm gonna let it shine."

The faith I have in Jesus Christ is no good to anyone if I keep it to myself. If I hide it in my home or in my church. I have been given a gift and I have the opportunity to share this gift with everyone. The world we live in is full of a lot of darkness, but I am not willing to let the darkness of the world overcome me.

I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. John 12:46


Michelle said...

YES. That is true. I'm sorry for your loss! Suicide is so hard to understand. I've lost 2 cousins to it. It's just terrible.

Thank you for visiting my blog last week.

You mentioned you are at peace with having three. I keep waiting for that to happen...to just be happy/content with my family size...but it hasnt happened yet. LOL. Maybe I should stop watching Kids by the Dozen and the Duggars.

Sandy said...

Thank you for going to my blog. I, too am new to blogging and haven't made it very creative. I think I already told you that I want to write too, but have also been distracted by the busyness of life. And, now I feel like I have "writers block". Every one of your posts are so good.
I have also had a heavy heart this week for an old friend who I just reconnected with and found out that she is grieving over her 33 year old son who committed suicide 3 years ago, and another son had lost a baby just a few weeks before that.
My sister in-law also lost a baby.
I am a "prayer warrior". I will pray for your friends.
Also, you are doing so great teaching your precious girls!

Coupon Magnet said...

Hi! I just visited your other blog, too. Both very nice blogs. I am so sorry for your loss and your friends' loss.
Prayer is so powerful. I'm so glad that you know that. :)

Robyn said...

I somehow came upon your blog by tumbling down the rabbit hole from a link on Twitter to another blog, to YOUR other blog, to here...phew! Anyway, I just want to tell you how your writing has touched my heart today. I don't have much time to sit and read through all the posts (I spent waay to long here already!), but I added you to my Google Reader so I can come back often! I too have 3 little girls and feel the same way about teaching our girls the Truth in Jesus. Thanks for sharing your "light"....it was just what I needed today! :)