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God Shines Bright
by Mike Douris
Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2019

 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  John 1:5 

Light is a fascinating miracle of creation.  Despite all our scientific knowledge, the more we learn about light the more questions scientist have as to how it works and are even puzzled as to the essence of what it is.  We know certain things about light: 
  • It travels approximately 186,000 miles a second. 
  • Nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. 
  • Its essential makeup is both a wave and a particle which is baffling to scientist because most everything else is one or the other. 
  • It must have a source. 
  • When a solid object stops its forward motion it affects the particles of the object it hits. 
  • It pierces the darkness allowing us to see what was once hidden. 

In a spiritual sense darkness is not the absence of light but the absence of hope.  The light shines brightest in the darkest places.  In John 1:5 Jesus is described as light -  the light of the world giving hope to a spiritually pitch-black creation.  John states definitely that darkness cannot win as the light always overcomes darkness.  That is the hope and promise we have in our Savior Jesus Christ though being in total absolute darkness with no hope, consumed by sin, His death and resurrection brought light into the world and hope to all who believe in His person and work on the cross. 

The world is a very dark place which swallows up all it can destroy with the consequences of sin.  At Orphan Outreach we see the effects of sin in the lives of children every day.  Innocent children who are abused, neglected, trafficked, starving, dying of preventable diseases, orphaned by war and violence and living in the total darkness of despair.   

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We are called as Christians to bring the light of Jesus into those very dark places.  We may not be able to “fix” those dark places but we can be a beacon of light providing hope and an escape for those who wish to follow.  The light of the moon which lights the darkness of night is actually a reflection of the sun.  Christians are a reflection of the light of the Son of God.  All the programs of Orphan Outreach are ministries planted in the midst of very dark places to be a constant source of light and hope for the children and families we serve. 

As you serve, reflect on what Christ said in Mathew 5:15-16,  “Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory t your Father who is in heaven.” 

You are the reflection of the light of Jesus giving hope and love to orphaned and vulnerable children.  That is our purpose.  His Spirit is in us and He loves the orphan and the vulnerable so we naturally reflect that in our works.  You are doing that, and as light effects everything it touches even in imperceptible ways, your life will have an eternal impact on everyone you serve. 

“We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are.” Madeleine L’Engle? 


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