Some things are just hard to know, and when dealing with mystery, it's easy to get lost in the questions.

God is mystery; we will never completely understand.

But there are times, sometimes only moments, when we see God better than we have before.

Such a moment may occur for us at any time - even in the moments just ahead of you.

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You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, 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 to your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16

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Two things I’ll bet you didn’t know: 1) If the earth were perfectly flat and the sky were perfectly dark, your eye could detect the light from a candle 30 miles away! 2) Every Christmas Eve, we gather all the candles we can find in our house, put them on the coffee table, argue over who gets to light which ones, and then read the Christmas story by candlelight. It reminds us of Isaiah’s prophecy about Jesus:

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined.

Jesus came shining light into a dark world to help us find our way back to God — even when we feel like we are 30 miles away. And Jesus even enlists us to help light the way for others. Shine brightly so that everyone will see God today!

Steve Cothran

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God, may the light of your love shine in me and through me today so that everyone may know that you are the Light of the World. Amen.

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God sent Christ into the world,
Giving life abundant and free.
God sends us like Christ before us
Sharing love with all those in need.

Shine your light into the darkness
So the lost can finally say:
Never ceasing, life increasing,
Christ, our life, our truth, our way!

Steve Cothran

Steve Cothran has been working with youth since his youth, and the last 20 years he has served church staffs in Florida, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Steve enjoys relating life to Seinfeld and a weekly discussion of The Walking Dead, and his office smells of leather-bound books and rich mahogany. His wife Nancy is also a minister, and they have three semi-adult children: Marina, Raleigh, and Robyn.

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

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