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Shine In My Heart

Today’s Reflection

–Kathleen Thomerson
“I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”

“Shine in my heart,” the place where I experience God, the heart where I experience the God-hunger. I long for the light of Christ to shine in my heart, nurturing and sustaining my spirit.

“Shine in my heart” — illuminate the dark places in my heart: the sadness, grief, anger. Illuminate the dark places in my mind: the resentments, the frustrations. Illuminate the dark places of my spirit: the depression, the anxiety, the fear. Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus, and lighten the heaviness that paralyzes my action. Heal the wounds and sins that keep me separated from God.

“Shine in my heart” — show me the way through the confusing paths I may take, the choices too numerous, the infinite options of postmodern life. Shine in my heart as a beacon of guidance, leading me through the chaos of these days.

“Shine in my heart” — so that my life may mirror Christ’s heart and mind and hands in the world.

– Beth A. Richardson
Child of the Light

From pp. 45-46 of Child of the Light: Walking through Advent and Christmas by Beth A. Richardson. Copyright © 2005 by Beth A. Richardson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books.http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

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Today’s Scripture

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6, NRSV

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  • robert moeller January 17, 2013, 2:28 am

    Yes, Lord – shine in my heart – that I will do what is right in your sight. Thank you for always being near me, for the touches of your spirit that encourage and support me, and for your constant love and faithfulness.
    In your name I give thanks, Amen

    Lord, I pray for Jenny who has yet to deliver her baby, for Anneliese dealing with a head cold and uneasy stomach, for Erich getting ready for school to begin, for the Christian Unity Breakfast at church on Saturday, for peace from gun violence, for an end to war, and for your guidance to the leaders of this and every country. I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to pray, to talk with you. Thank you, Lord. Amen.

    Lord, may we shine to others as you have shown to us, as your servants, as the light of the world, we can do no less. Amen.

  • rosslyne January 17, 2013, 3:29 am

    Loving Father..all praise to you..thankful for this beautiful sunnny day.! Shine in my heart Lord..so my children and husband only see the love and admiration I have for them. And in return they will give the same..its nice to know that when you’re by yourself, that you are not alone..there’s is Someone near you..! I can say today that I love You Lord..and can feel Your love surround me..AMEN

  • Jill January 17, 2013, 3:39 am

    Shine in my heart and life Lord…illuminate the dark places in my mind. Father – You know the battlefield that exists there. Indeed, the frustrations and resentments. Father – I know that You can heal me, provided that I allow You. Help me to be willing.

    Father – I desire to shine for You today. Might I be mindful each moment.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling January 17, 2013, 6:56 am

    Father God, thank you for nurturing and sustaining my spirit. Shine in my heart, God, I want to walk as a child of the light. Illuminate the dark places in my heart, my mind and my spirit. Shine in my heart that I may reflect the mind, heart and spirit of Christ.

  • Michael Ulmen January 17, 2013, 4:33 pm

    I do find it harder to feel that I am doing GOD’S will when I feel sad, Depressed, or guilty. Some times it seems like GOD is sort of a PERFECTIONIST !

    • heidi January 17, 2013, 8:19 pm

      God is a perfectionist, Michael, and God created you– perfectly. Remember that.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling January 17, 2013, 6:34 pm

    Michael, God knows our limits. Whatever we do, ask God for wisdom, strength and guidance. Just do your best and leave the results to Him.

  • robert moeller January 18, 2013, 4:18 am

    May your light shine bright for all the world to see, we are the branches connected to each other by the vine – Jesus. With him we have all we need. Bless you all!

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