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Let it Shine!


Bible Verse
Ephesians 5:8
Walk as children of light in all goodness, righteousness, and truth

Theme Song
This Little Light of Mine

Decorations
Light pastel colors
Make the area look as cheery as possible
Use candles of various heights and sizes (to give varied heights set some candles on pedestal cake stands and others directly on tables)
Gold or silver star cut-outs

S.I.P. Sisters In Prayer
Have a basket of star cut-outs and pens. Encourage women to write a prayer concern on a star - send each person home with a 'star concern' and ask them to include this concern in their daily prayers.

Food
Quick and Easy: Offer a 'light' assortment of snack foods - vegetables and dip, popcorn, cheese and crackers
Potluck: Ask each lady to bring a dish to pass that makes them feel good or a comfort food
Elegant: Offer a candle-lit dinner with several courses: salad or small bowl of soup, entree with steamed vegetables, rolls and butter, and dessert

Devotional Thought
Walking In Light
If you live in an area that gets snow, you know a bit about light. January seems to be the bleakest, darkest month of the year. The holidays are over, the good will and cheer have dissolved into exhaustion, and to top it all off-snow seems to fall constantly. Many times the cheeriest sight is a simple candle burning brightly in a window.

Light is important. Doctors recognize that depression is often triggered by the dark days of winter. Light is used to show the way, provide a sense of security, and brightens everything it touches.

Light is so important to us that we even incorporate the word into many of our figures of speech. (Have women think of ways that the word 'light' is used on a daily basis-some ideas-'to bring to light', 'she had only seen him in a good light', 'light at the end of the tunnel', 'she finally saw the light', things 'come to light')

The Bible talks quite a bit  about light too.
  • It is the first thing God created
  • The word 'light' is the base word for lighten- as in lighten your brothers load
  • Used many times to symbolize truth, understanding, knowledge
  • God calls Himself the Bright and Morning Star
  • Jesus will return to earth surrounded by light so that all will see Him
There are two references to light that I want to talk about today.
First, lets look at John 8:12. In this verse Jesus calls himself the light of the world. He goes on to say that whoever follows him will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life. So, according to Jesus, just as light is the cure for depression brought on by the darkness of winter, He can penetrate the dark areas of our hearts and lives and bring a new brighter perspective. Walking in His light brings joy, hope, and blessing.

But walking in His light isn't enough if we keep that light to ourselves. We have to share that light with those around us. That brings me to the second reference to light in the Bible. Ephesians 5:8 says For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.Live as children of light! Don't keep it to yourself! Each person in this room can very likely think of 5 or 6 people who need to feel the healing power of God's light. The fun part is-it is so easy to share that light! Being kind, generous, and caring reflects the light to those we come in contact with each day.

God doesn't want us to simply spend our time walking with Him, soaking up the light that He provides. He wants us to get out there and share the light! Read Matthew 5:14-16 then think of ways you can let your light shine.

An old Sabbath School song written in 1913 by Ina Ogdon is a great reminder of the importance of letting your light shine. She wrote this poem when she realized that her dream of ministry was not going to be realized because she needed to stay at home and care for her ailing father.

Brighten the Corner Where You Are
Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,
Do not wait to shed your light afar,
To the many duties ever near you now be true,
Brighten the corner were you are.

Refrain
Brighten the corner where you are!
Brighten the corner where you are!
Someone far from harbor you may guide across the bar;
Brighten the corner where you are!

Just above are clouded skies that you may help to clear,
Let not narrow self your way debar:
Though into one heart alone may fall your song of cheer,
Brighten the corner where you are.

Refrain

Here for all your talent you may surely find a need,
Here reflect the bright and Morning Star;
Even from your humble hand the Bread of Life may feed,
Brighten the corner where you are.

Refrain
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You may wish to create a bookmark to hand out with the following poem from Helen Steiner Rice

Brighten Your Corner

by Helen Steiner Rice
 
We cannot all be famous
Or be listed in "Who's Who",
But every person, great or small,
Has important work to do.

For seldom do we realize
The importance of small deeds,
Or to what degree of greatness
Unnoticed kindness leads.

For it's not the big celebrity
In a world of fame and praise,
But it's doing unpretentiously
In an undistinguished way.

The work that God assigned to us,
Unimportant as it seems,
That makes our task outstanding,
And brings reality to dreams.

So do not sit and idly wish
For wider, new dimensions
Where you can put into practice,
Your many good intentions.


Ministry
Sharing Your Light
If you stop for a moment and count up how many people you come into contact with each day, you might be surprised! Why not get in the habit of sharing your light with these people?

What you will need for this activity:
Blank business cards - can be found at office supply stores
Colored pens, stickers, stamps and ink, paper shapes, markers to decorate cards with

Print various Bible verses or words of encouragement on blank business cards - you should have one sheet of cards per participant
Have ladies decorate cards
Encourage each lady to hand out cards as they go through their week. Store clerks, postal service workers, bank tellers, co-workers, people at the gym are all good candidates for your light. But don't let it stop there! Think of other ways to reach out to these people and keep the light shining!