This Little Light of Mine

lighted candle

Devotion for October 2011

This Little Light of Mine was written by Harry Dixon Loes (1892-1965) in about 1920. Harry Loes studied at the Moody Bible Institute and the American Conservatory of Music.
Verse 1:
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine;
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine;
This little light of mine,  I’m gonna let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
This passage is from Jesus’ Sermon of the Mount where He tells us we are the light in this world. We witness when we do good works for the people of this world to see. Luther expressed it this way, “Shining is the real job of believing or teaching, by which we also help others to believe.”
Verse 2:
Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
Luke 11:33 – No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.
Matthew 5:14-15 – You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 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.
Some sources refer to the basket as a bushel. The best use of a light is for it to be high, allowing for the light to illumine a larger area. The Lutheran Study Bible says, “Just as there is no hiding the light of a city on a hill, the light of a true disciple cannot be hidden.”
Verse 3:
Don’t let Satan blow it out, I’m gonna let it shine
Don’t let Satan blow it out, I’m gonna let it shine
Don’t let Satan blow it out, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
1 Peter 5:8-9a – Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.
We should rely on God’s Word so we can fend off Satan. So hang on tight to the light of God’s word.

We Pray
Dear Heavenly Father.  May each of us here let the light of Jesus shine through our lives. Help each of us to remember that we should carry the light of Christ to those with whom we come in contact, throughout our daily life. We give you thanks for this day and all the blessings You have bestowed on us. Grant us a peaceful night’s rest, that we may awaken refreshed to continue in the tasks we have been brought together to accomplish, all to Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Shine Activity
Hang onto the Light of the world and let His light shine through you to those around you.

by Gloria Meyer

Prepared by the Christian Growth Committee
© 2011 LWML–Canada

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