Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!

Candle light in the dark

The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light;

Isaiah 9:2 (ESV)

Light is kind of the theme of my blog, so this is a great challenge for me!

As a follower of Christ, Jesus is the light of my life.  He is the source of light that breaks through the darkness of the world.  The words below from Jesus tell how we, as Christians, should act to demonstrate this light to others.

14You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV)

Iceland Midnight Sun

Yeah, my first blog request!  Thanks to Bubu for asking about photos of the midnight sun in Iceland in the comments to his post about Iceland.  I’m not honestly sure how midnight sun is defined, so I hope this qualifies!  When we were there at the end of May, the sun set about 11:30 pm and rose at about 3:30 am.  However, it never really got dark as you can kind of see from the last photo. Pretty cool, but remember the opposite is true in the winter!

Photo of sun in Reykjavik

This photo was taken in Reykjavik about 9:35 pm.

Waterfall Photo

This photo of Skógafoss Waterfall was taken at 10:20 pm.

Photo of Iceland

This photo was taken a few km north of Reykjavik at 12:40 am. So although you can’t actually see the sun, it’s still light out.

I was really happy to get this request for a post topic.  Let me know in a comment if you have any requests for future posts!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Arc de Triomphe at night

When I saw this Weekly Photo Challenge about Illumination, I really wanted to participate because Light is one of the themes of my blog.  But finding what I wanted to show turned out to be a big challenge.  There’s a part of a Monty Python movie where they show the credits (at the beginning of course?) and it says that the credits have been completed with much expense at the last minute.  Or something like that!  So that’s how I feel about this post…

This is a picture of the Arc de Triomphe from a visit to Paris last year.  The visit was in many ways a personal triumph for me.  I give God all the credit for making it happen.  The light on the arch kind of highlights the idea trimuph…here we were looking at the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees at night….very beautiful.  And a personal victory for me.

So, what triumphs in your life have you celebrated lately?  How did you see God making it happen?

He is…

"I am the Light of the World"

All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end.  But while I am still here in the world, I am the light of the world.”

John 9:4-5 (NLT)

More about Strength to Love

I decided to revisit Monday’s post and put the quote from MLK Jr. in context.   It comes from the passage below from the book Strength to Love, which is a compilation of many of Dr. King’s famous sermons.  Besides, Dr. King says it much better than I could anyway.

Let us move now from the practical how to the theoretical why:  Why should we love our enemies?  The first reason is fairly obvious.  Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.  Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.  Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.  So when Jesus says, “Love your enemies,” he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition.

Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love.  New York:  Harper & Row Publishers, 1963. pp. 52-53.

Strength to Love

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Strength to Love (1963) by Martin Luther King Jr.

 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,”

Luke 6:27 NASB

Lord, give me the strength to love.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  For further reading, check out The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.   See also Matthew 5:43-44.