Winter does this thing where it bursts forth happy in our lives full of tinsel, sparkle, and Christmas – all we want for Christmas is Jesus and snow! -and then, winter bursts. It’s January 2nd or 3rd, and it’s dreary, damp, dull, and down right frigid outside. Some people make resolutions; I make one more cup of hot drink. And resolve to drink it hot, without reviving it in the microwave 15 times.
This winter, I began frigid mornings with the classic devotional, The Daily Light. Samuel Bagster wrote it and later then Anne Graham Lotz later updated it for ‘modern readers.’ I was excited to go through it – many women from bible study recommended it; my grandmother gave a copy to me, as well as my pastor’s wife and friend, Renee, for Christmas. Also, through reading Anne’s mother’s biography, I learned that each day Ruth read from The Daily Light, and that this had been a practice even in her childhood home. Then, at about the same time, as I read through Amy Carmichael’s biography, I learned that she read through this devotional, many times in a community setting with family, other believers, fellow missionaries. I was already loving this classic, but to learn that a multitude of Christian-greats have been encouraged and spoken to through the Word by the Spirit all the more encouraged me.
Each day has a morning and evening reading. It’s only Scripture verses, different ones strung together by a common theme. The Lord has used this devotional, His Word, to light up and warm and revive my heart and mind each morning this year. (It’s helpful, too, to stick-with-it, because the Daily Light has a free iPhone app format, so even if I don’t get to read it right away in the morning, which is my hopeful practice, I can still read it, even on the go… as I’m driving down the road on Falls…. juuuuust joking….).
Throughout this year, again and again like a song stuck in my head, the Lord has been singing over me this Scripture verse : Christ is Life, the Hope of Glory. And revealing to me the fullness of His life, He is Life, and the reality of His breath and Life in me. If there is any one truth that I tell myself each day it is this – CHRIST IS LIFE.
There’s a bit of a discipline with reading The Daily Light, not just with actually reading it, which is part of it, truly, but also – to, even though it might be easy to skim over the familiar, read carefully each word, each Scripture verse, letting it shine in a new bright way to your soul. I often start out slow, slide through the middle, skid to the end, and realize, gosh, I need to go back and read this again… slow. Slow your eyes, slow your heart, and soak in His shining Word.
So, in Daily Light fashion, here is my first attempt to string together scripture-lights shining truth in love that have been twinkling before my eyes, this song that the Lord has been singing over me, lyrics from His Word.
Christ is Life in you, the Hope of Glory.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. * I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. * Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. * In His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.* The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. * All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. * The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. * Jesus said to her, “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” * Jesus said to him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” * Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live…you shall know that I am the LORD.” * In Him all things hold together. * And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. * If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. * For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. * Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. * When one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed…. where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord * Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory! * Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! * Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. * Looking to Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of your faith.
Colossians 1:27; Genesis 1:3-4a; Psalm 139:14; Genesis 2:7; Job 12:10; Job 33:4; John 1:3-4; John 1:14; John 11:25; John 14:6 * Ezekiel 37:5-6; Colossians 1:27; Romans 8:28; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Corinthians 4:17-18; Hebrews 11:1; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18; Isaiah 6:3; Psalm 115:1; Isaiah 60:1; Hebrews 12:2 (ESV)