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Light is used to symbolise God, faith or holiness throughout scripture.

Restore us, O God, and cause Your face to shine upon us, that we may be saved.

Psalm 80:3

Shine on us

Lord, let Your light
Light of Your face
Shine on us (repeat)

That we may be saved
That we may have life
To find our way
In the darkest night
Let your light shine on us

Lord, let your grace
Grace from Your hand
Come over us (repeat)

That we may be saved
That we may have life
To find our way
In the darkest night
Let Your grace come over us

Lord, let Your love
Love with no end
Come over us (repeat)

That we may be saved
That we may have life
To find our way
In the darkest night
Let Your love come over us
Let your grace fall on us
Let Your light shine on us

Shine on us, O Lord

When we’re lost, a light can be all we need to guide us to safety. When we’ve lost all hope, a light can be all we need to reassure us that there is hope for us.

Let God shine on us, today and every future day.

In yesterday’s blog post (New world), I spoke about how God has our future under control, because He’s already planned our future.

But how to reach that new world, that future place? If we trust God, he will direct and guide us along the path he has planned for us. As we follow God’s plan for our lives, we need to share God’s message of love and hope for tomorrow, with those we come into contact with. If we each do that, more people will hear and see God’s message in action, and hopefully feel God’s presence in their lives. The more who accept God as Lord, the better place this world will become.

So help God make this world a new and better world to live in, by sharing your story, and sharing your faith with others.

I recently read an article on the BBC website about Professor Karim Brohi. He is the clinical director of the London Trauma System, which oversees the trauma care at 30 hospitals across London. It was a very insightful article, as it highlighted the huge number of trauma cases the trauma teams have to deal with on a daily basis. But not only that, it highlighted just how many of those trauma cases are actually young men and women who are the victims of stabbings.

Here’s an extract from the article (you can read the whole article on the BBC website).

The surgeon believes violence is increasing not just on London’s streets, but across the country.

“We do our best to save lives. But to really save a life – and make one that’s worth living – takes a whole community.

“We need to look again at our society, our culture and our values if we are to live in a world where children can be children, and mothers can be mothers, without ever having to sit in a hospital waiting room.”

It could be just that we have better access to information about the number of violent crimes than we used to have. However it definitely seems as if there’s been a huge increase in the amount of violence in our cities over the last few years.

Professor Brohi’s words really hit a chord thought don’t they? Our whole world seems to have lost sight of what should be important to each one us, our family, our friends, our neighbours, our community. In fact our world has sadly forgotten, or more accurately decided to turn away from God. God and God alone can bring peace back to this world, where man lives in harmony and peace with his fellow man.

God and God alone reveals the truth of all we call unknown
and the best and worst of man wont change the Master’s plan it’s God’s and God’s alone

One God.

One Son.

One sacrifice.

One cross.

One life. Oh may I live for Thee.

Matthew 6:25 (The Passion Translation)

This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing—everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing?

What do you focus on in your life? Is your life centred around possessions and goods, or is there more to your life than that?

There is definitely more to life than our possessions – possessions may provide short term happiness, but they don’t provide the peace and contentment that I’m sure we all desire.

The peace and contentment we all desire can only be found in God. God is more than everything we need. He offers us really peace, contentment and happiness, if we simply trust Him.

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I feel it important to mention again, that it is perfectly normal for us when we’re going through difficult times, to feel abandoned by God.

Even in those times of doubt, our faith will keep us strong, and keep us believing in God. Why? Because of this..

God will always look after us, even when we think He’s forgotten us. He will take care of us, and because of that, those who love us will pray for us.

Life can often make us question whether God cares, or even whether he exists. But as the song There Will Be God reminds us, no matter what happens, there is always love, there is always hope, and most importantly, God is always there!

I remember when I was young, my gran used to beckon me to “come close so I can…”. I would get all excited when she said that to me, as often it was to give me a some sweets or some coins from her purse. It maybe doesn’t sound like much now, but at that time, and at that age, it really meant something to me.

There is another person who beckoned to me to “come close” many years ago, and I responded, and that is God. God continues to call me to Him after all these years, because He knows that sometimes I just need reminded to go to Him when I’m in trouble.

As you come close to God in prayer, He brings purpose even from the brokenness of your life. You can’t remain downcast when you turn your face upward to God. He reaches down to your lowest pit, but He doesn’t leave you there. Women Who Move Mountains – @SueDetweiler

God is always watching over us, and looking out for us, but rather than just wandering or faltering maybe we need to take the initiative sometime, and approach him when we’re struggling.

God alone can calm our fears and give us peace, because only he can take away all our problems and worries. So let God give you rest.

These days, when we look at this world, it can cause us to feel sad, depressed, shocked, maybe even terrified, because let’s be honest, there is a lot of bad, or evilness around these days.

Psalm 27:13 (NLT)
Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.

We need to be positive, God is here with us in they world, and with his help I believe, we can change this world from one where evil is to the fore, to one where love overcomes evil.