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A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory; and in his name the Gentiles will hope” (Matthew 12:20–21).

Shine on amidst care, strife, and grief;
Shine on when your soul longs for relief.
Shine on when day then week turn to many moons;
Shine on because on the heels of dawn comes noon.

Shine on through daily cleaning and chore;
Shine on as you journey out the door.
Shine on when hope burns away like a mist;
Shine on because morning mercies persist.

Shine on through the shadows of night;
Shine on by faith and not by sight.
Shine on amidst doubt and fear;
Shine on because God is near.

Shine on when waters rise;
Shine on when a dream dies.
Shine on through revealed sin;
Shine on because Jesus wins.

Shine on when your right seems ignored;
Shine on, even though closed is the door.
Shine on when hidden appears your way;
Shine on because God colors in gray.

Shine on, trusting the Lord for strength;
Shine on: you shall walk and not faint.
Shine on, knowing he works for those who wait;
Shine on because a bruised reed he won’t break.

Shine on for God is all wise and knowing;
Shine on––he’s in the toiling and sowing.
Shine on in the quest, though your wick seems dim;
Shine on because those who search will find him.

Shine on!

––Jason S. DeRouchie (6/5/14)