Here are my thoughts on the picture David asked us to comment on.
This is the verse the Lord led me to:
"For you were once in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light......Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness but rather expose them." Ephesians 5 vs 8 - 11
We walk in a very dark world. Sometimes that darkness can almost overcome the light of Christ within in us. As we see in the picture, the darkness is more present then the light - the light is fading but the light is still there. This was my own spiritual experience from early 2006 into early 2007. The Light of Christ in me was fading very quickly. I was frightened at times by the realization that this Light could possibily burn out altogether! I desperately sought out counsel. Unfortunately I come across many Christians who preferred to analyse why the light of Christ in me was fading rather than expose the light of Christ within them inorder to show me the way back on track!
The light of Christ is always within in us. But there are times in our Christian walk when it will fade. The light of Christ in us will be challenged by darkness that surrounds us. What do we do in times like this? Run to Christ, who hopefully is present to us in our friends who know Him. Those who are seeing clearly - those who have the light shining brightly can help illuminate the way for us who are experiencing a pit of darkness. If we are the ones with a light that is strong and a Christian comes to us with a "weak" light, we need to becareful not to condemn them with judgemental tones in our voices ("what did you do to make your light weak?"). Rather, we need to pray with them and comfort them - show them gently the way back to the brightest light, which ultimately, darkness cannot overcome - Christ Jesus - the true Light - the Light than never burns out.
God bless Canada - may this nation humble itself and turn to God.
Julie (Little Missionary)