Let His Light Shine
"For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" 2 Corinthians 4:6
We usually have a focus passage for the beginning of each year at On Wings. One year God gave us Isaiah 9:2, "The people (prodigals) walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a Light has dawned". At our planning meeting each board member was given a pottery oil lamp to keep in front of them throughout the year as a reminder to shine their light in a dark world fueled by the Light of the world, Jesus.
I remember the little song as a child, "This little light of mine". The song went on to say, "I'm going to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. Won't let satan blow it out, I'm going to let it shine". As a Christian that should be our goal, to shine the light of Jesus everywhere we go.
We have had the privilege of seeing the results of our prayers and our correspondence impact many inmates over the years. One of our inmates wrote: "I am so thankful God sent On Wings Like a Dove into my life. I have begun to love Christ and He is making everything brand new in my life. I can never ever forget our friendship because when everyone else thought of me as a monster, you gave me hope, encouragement, courage and peace". That letter and others like it help us know we are shining a bright light into their dark world.
The impact of our Pen-pal outreach is significant as those who write the inmates develop a bond and hopefully help the one on the inside grow and develop in their spiritual walk with the Lord. Getting that letter to some means the world because they may not receive any other mail or feel that no one on the outside cares whether they live or die.
Maybe you don't feel you are to write an inmate but will you pray they will see a great light today. Pray they will come into the truth of Jesus Christ. Pray that God will light up the darkness and shine in their heart. Then once they come into the light pray they will let it shine to others within those prison walls. May it be like one candle being lit, lighting another and passing it on so that the whole prison block will be lit up for Christ, proclaiming His name. It only takes one to begin setting the place on fire for Him. It only takes one prayer lifted up to move the heart of God and accomplish much. Will you commit to being that one who intercedes on their behalf? Your prayers can make a difference.