“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).
“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
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.
––Jason S. DeRouchie (6/5/2014)