14 April 2015

Talismans – Oil Lamp

Greetings Dear Reader,

This tiny oil lamp is my source of light when I need some illumination but prefer the room to be dark.  When this happens it is usually sing that I want to withdraw from the world.  It means something in life has become too burdensome and I am seeking to shut out the rest of life.

The small oil lamp is there to remind me that I cannot isolate myself totally.  I cannot escape the presence of God and I cannot shed the burden of bearing the light.  During those times when I am hurting or despair I will usually awaken earlier than I desire.  I sit in the darkness, light the lamp, and listen to my favorite piece of music in the universe.  It is “The Inner Light” by Jerry Goldsmith. 

When I am besieged by feelings that try to overwhelm my focus and faith this talisman helps.  I am always surprised at how much that tine flame lights up the room.  I am reminded of what I am supposed to be in Christ.  I am supposed to be light.

I am not supposed to be the harsher glaring light of an LED.  I am supposed to be a candle or oil lamp.  I am supposed to have a warm light that is inviting and safe.  Carrying such a light is a burden because it is not self-contained.  It can spill or blow out.  I must carry myself carefully. 

It is not wrong to feel hurt, despair, or loneliness.  It is wrong to indulge them an fail to seek the Light that is our example.  We need to seek the Light that is our example.  He promises to make the burden lighter. 

Bearers of the Light – Michael Card

The Light we must bear
Is the Light we must share
Is the Light that illumines the darkness
The promises kept
Give us strength to accept
This burden of bearing the Light

He will walk beside us
A strong friend, Barnabas
He will be that sure shoulder to lean on
The promise we share
Is our burdens to bear
And our Light tells the darkness to be gone

He will come after me
A young Timothy
Looking for someone to guide him
I will kindle his Light
Make him strong for the fight
I will promise to be there beside him

And so we must claim
By His powerful Name
The Promise the Bible has spoken
We must understand
That a cord of three strands
Cannot be easily broken

The great need of a all
A true mentor, a Paul
Who has traveled the road that's before us
He has made good the pledge
To tale the Light on ahead
We can follow his footsteps before us

The Light we must bear
Is the Light we must share
Is the Light that illumines the darkness
The promises kept give us strength to accept
This burden of bearing the Light

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”

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