Saturday, March 3, 2012

Thinking on Lamps

I have always loved lamps. Visit my home and you will find lamps of all sizes, shapes, and colors—23 in all.

A few of them stay on 24/7. They point the way whenever I have to get up in the night.

No wonder the psalmist David said, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Whenever I’m feeling a bit lost and out of sorts—in the dark, if you will—all I have to do is reach for my old green Bible and it isn’t long before the path ahead seems clearer.

Think about how comforting light is in darkness. Take a room so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face. Then, switch on a tiny night-light. Poof!  Instantly—the darkness vanishes.

Darkness cannot exist, as long as there is just one light in the room. Even the smallest flicker banishes the darkness.

In Matthew 5:16, Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  If you're surrounded all day by people in darkness, be assured that your life and your testimony can be a lamp to them, penetrating the blackest corners of their hearts, casting a gentle and comforting glow around them.

“I am the light of the world,” Jesus said in John 8:12. “He that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”


I’m thinking on these things, and sharing over at Lorraine’s lovely new series.


  1. Amen, Dayle! To every word you wrote.

  2. I'd have to retrace my steps to figure out how I found your blog, but I'm glad that I made my way here, and will follow, happily.
    There's a wonderful song by a Canadian tenor with a line that I love 'even in the deepest ocean, you will be the light'.
    Looking forward to reading more!

  3. Hi Dayle, thank you for this devotion about light, and us being a light for others. I live in Maine near a number of lighthouses and just love the analogy between the lighthouse saving mariners and Jesus saving us. There's a nice song that portrays that: The Lighthouse.


  4. And he calls us the light of the world. Amazing.

  5. Hi Dayle....We used to sing a song in church...."Thy word is a lamp unto my feet...."

    Loved your post today. Yes, the Lord IS our lamp, isn't He? Oh, thank Him for that. What would life be like without Him? Not so good, that's for sure. Susan

  6. Oh, I'd love to see your collection. Lamps are so comforting, somehow. Love those verses, thanks.

  7. Great post...thanks for letting me know about the link!

  8. Great inspiration for the coming week.
    Thank you for stopping by, Mary Alice

  9. Our Pastor's sermon was on these very verses this morning. I love when God uses others to confirm his message. Have a wonderful week. Patty

  10. nice post thanks for sharing...God bless you

  11. I crave light in my life and I also crave The Light! I will be pondering the verses you've shared today, as it is cloudy outside, but not inside; I have my lamps lit and His light within!

  12. I keep two lamps on 24/7 also. For that exact same reason. I cannot stand waking up in the middle of the night to a dark house. And I loved your example. As Christians, we should be 'on' 24/7 also. Awesome!


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