by Sal Huckel
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Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open (Mark 4:21,22).
Read Mark 4:1–20
I have wonderful memories of a family event in the Barossa Valley in South Australia when our children decorated candles, which we still light as a family (thanks, St Petri!), and sang a very modern version of ‘Let your little light shine’. I hope the vision of a walking and singing light bulb pops up in my children’s minds forever when they read this verse!
It’s easy to sing these things to our children, though it’s clear from Jesus’ words that we need to remember what they mean to us at all stages of our Christian journey.
I also remember the words from the staple Anglican prayer of my own childhood: ‘Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord.’
We can probably find many Scriptures about light and darkness. We are reminded here that the light reveals what is hidden in the dark and brings it out into the open. Jesus is the light of the world and shines in our own darkness. He reveals what is hidden in us; we cannot hide anything from him. We also are to be light. We may need to speak God’s truth simply in a conversation with a friend, family member or work colleague – or we may need to speak in a public meeting or wider context where we know there is truth that needs to be shone.
Be encouraged. Don’t hide your light or allow it to be dimmed. Those who have ears will hear the truth. If we don’t speak it, they will never hear it either. We are not in charge of whether they have ears – but we must give them the opportunity. Let your li’l light shine!
Lighten our darkness, Lord! Help us hear what you have to say to us and bring the truth to others. In the name of Jesus Christ, light of the world, Amen.
Sal is married to Pastor Matthew Huckel, and they live in Victoria with their six children. Music, theology, literature and languages are passions the family share and explore together. Sal loves writing, speaking, and walking to the beach at every opportunity.