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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Psalm 119:105 with Amish gas lantern wick (photo by Ester)
Ester took this photo of a gas lantern in an Amish home.

"A Light Unto My Path"

Message summary:
God's Word, the Holy Scriptures, is our guiding light in this sin-darkened world and we're sure to lose our way unless we walk in His light. As we face another year it occurs to me that it could be seen as a dark road ahead.

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"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Psalm 119:105).

When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His word
What a glory He sheds on our way
While we do His good will
He abides with us still
And with all who will trust and obey

LED flashlight & battery charger
LED lights have sure become popular the last several years. It seems they're attached to a lot of products. My new phone came with a small battery pack that also has an LED flashlight. The last several times we went to a Gaither Homecoming concert a tiny LED flasher was given to those attending. It's certainly a lot safer in a large crowd than candles. I recall many years ago when I served on our district's youth committee and planned for a youth convention each Spring with some ten thousand attending, mostly young people. It's hard for me to imagine now, but we actually had a candlelight communion service using real candles!

My favorite LED product is a headband with LED lights. I last used it when we rode our bikes through an abandoned turnpike tunnel last Fall on a Men's campout.

But I'm not very creative when it comes to purchasing gifts for Brooksyne. I find the endless variety of possible gift ideas stressful. When she does give me a tip I usually postpone the shopping, then get forgetful or confused about whether I am getting the right item.

Headlight Slippers
However occasionally I strike gift-giving gold. About ten years ago I managed to surprise her with a very unusual gift that really pleased her; slippers with tiny motion-activated headlights. As we get older we tend to be getting up during the night more often so Brooksyne can just slip her feet into the soft headlight slippers and off she goes without turning on lights.

She had a great time showing them off to our friends that got quite a chuckle out of them. The moving lights mesmerized the house pets as they saw these tiny lights roaming through the dark house.

As you would expect by now we quickly saw a spiritual lesson with these lighted slippers as they remind us of the great spiritual truth expressed in Psalm 119:105: "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Indeed God's Word, the Holy Scriptures, is our guiding light in this sin-darkened world and we're sure to lose our way unless we walk in His light. As we face another year it occurs to me that it could be seen as a dark road ahead. As the hymn writer put it,

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

The Biblical Illustrator commentary points to four truths concerning God's Word as a lamp. This lamp is:

1. Ever needful. Man needs a guide through life. His mental eyes are dim, and the road is dreary, intricate, and dark.

2. Always available. It suits every path in life. The path of the young and aged, the celibate and the married, the rich and the poor, the merchant, statesman, and philosopher, etc.

3. All-sufficient. It throws light on every conceivable step in life, and the light is clear and sufficient. None need stumble anywhere who hold it before them.

4. Inextinguishable. It burns as brightly in the hands of the youngest disciple today as it did in the hands of the old patriarchs. It is a quenchless light. The advancing intelligence of humanity will never supersede its necessity or dim its lustre.

As we face another year may we all walk in accordance to the Word which is a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, without Your light to guide us we're sure to lose our way. There are many obstacles that cause us to stumble and fall without the light of Your Word illuminating our path. Meditating on Your Word and adhering to its instruction helps to make the rough ground level. You strengthen our walk enabling us to climb the rugged mountains and soaring hills, giving us traction to hold steady when approaching dangerous terrain. You give strength to the weary and increase the power of the weak. Lord, in You we are refreshed as we place our hope in You and walk in Your light, Your truth, and in Your strength.  Amen.  

Hershey shrubbery
Hershey Cocoa Shrubbery
For the holiday season they decorate their shrubbery shaped in letters that advertise their famous name, and it is striking when lit up at night.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Thy Word"  Video   Maranatha Singers

"I Know Who Holds Tomorrow"  Video
  George Younce and Larry Ford and Homecoming singers

"Be Thou My Vision"  Video  Glad

"Trust and Obey"  Video  Chelsea Moon w/ the Franz Brothers

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