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Light Shines in the Darkness

“And the light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:5 (NASB)

If you were to close your eyes for a few moments, what would you see? Nothing, right? Darkness.


Even if you began to imagine a beautiful seascape at dusk...waves crashing against the rocks...a lighthouse illuminated to help ancient mariners make their way back home...the screen (your eyelids) is still closed. The screen is still dark.



John’s words give us a glimpse of what it must have been like for people to see the light of Jesus for the first time. So strange were His words they closed their eyes to Him. They pulled down the blinds to His message of faith, hope, and love.


It must have been like watching an old film in a foreign language you didn’t understand. Even the projection screen became so dim the main character was unrecognizable.


Confused and frustrated, the masses didn’t get it. Like adolescents, most went along with the crowd...became sleepwalkers and numb to the pain and suffering of the One who came to save their souls.


But not everyone was blind to His light, not then and not now. Some, like many of us...were once blind and now we can see! We awakened from the sleepwalking state...opened our eyes...and there standing in front of us is the light of the world...Jesus, our Lord, and Savior!


You look around and see even more lights illuminating the darkness. A new light here...another one over there. As we all stand in awe of the Lord, He says, “You are the light of the world...let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”


Your “good deeds” are God’s lights that shine in the darkness. I pray that you will think about that the next time you wonder if your words really make a difference. They do.



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Image of Dr. Trace Pirtle sitting on park bench identified as Jesus.

Greetings, I'm Trace!
I'm a retired counselor education professor who spent 35 years in the "helping professions." I'm a U.S. Air Force veteran who served as a Missile Launch Officer with I.C.B.M's during the Cold War (1980's). Today, I'm an "all-in" believer working full-time for our Lord Jesus Christ. I've included my personal testimony if you are interested. 
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Trace Pirtle

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