The Light

November 23, 2015
by Dee Renaud

It's that time of year again: winter — the time when I experience the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which I wrote about in a previous devotional: Light And Darkness.

This year, I am trying faithfully to use my light therapy lamp. It's amazing how much better I feel when I do. Its compact design makes it easy to travel with, and it uses advanced technology to produce blue light, like bright daylight, to improve energy levels and mood. Just 20-30 minutes a day is all it takes to fight energy dips, fatigue, and winter blues. It actually has a similar effect on well-being as a sunny, blue-sky day does.

Everyone feels better on a sunny day. It's amazing what a little light can do. Sunlight improves our attitude and makes us feel more optimistic.

Similarly, time spent with our Lord, the light of the world, can energize us and give us the strength that we need to live our lives for Him.

John 8:12 – Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life." (NRSV)

Light is good.

Genesis 1:4 – And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. (NRSV)

When we keep our eyes on Jesus, we will be motivated to avoid the darkness of this world and walk in the light of His love.

John 12:46 – I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. (NRSV)

Just as my light therapy lamp requires only 20 to 30 minutes a day to improve my energy level, so spending 20 to 30 minutes a day in prayer with Jesus will give us the desire and the strength to walk obediently with Him each day.

We don't have to live in darkness. Let us always keep our eyes on Jesus and live the lives that we have been called to live in Him.

Ephesians 5:8 – For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light. (NRSV)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we are truly thankful for Your Son, Jesus, the light of the world. Help us to spend time in His presence every day so that we can live in His light instead of in the darkness of this world. Thank You for using ordinary people like us to do Your work in the world. Shine Your light in and through us so that we may be a blessing to others and reflect His light into the lives of those around us. We pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Dee Renaud <eddeerenaud@gmail.com>

Sauble Beach, Ontario, Canada


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Very timely Dee. Thanks for sharing.


    Thank you for the Daily Devotions keep them coming


    Dee,
    What an interesting devotional. We live in Texas, and we know that we are sun people. I must have missed your previous devotional about the light disorder. I grew up in the northern part of the United States as a child. My current memories do not include being “light deprived,” but today, I know how accustomed to the sun I have become, and when we have weeks of dreariness, it affects me. I will take your devotional to heart… good scriptural references.
    Thank you.
    (Texas)


    Hi Dee: Thank you for your uplifting words about Jesus being the light of the World, becoming our light in our lives. Living out here on the West Coast where we experience some dull and rainy weather. Although we had a long hot summer, at least we don’t suffer with drought, like our neighbours in California have done for over 5 years now.
    As a child I came to know Jesus through Sunday School Hymns: Let your light shine, this little light of mine let it shine, let it shine, let it shine; You are my sunshine, my only Sunshine, I think of as Jesus singing it to us personally. It always cheered me up. Wishing you and yours a Blessed Christmas Season and a Healthy and Happy New Year,
    (BC)


    Amen to your prayer.


    A very encouraging and helpful devotional, Dee.
    I agree with the concept of light therapy both physically and spiritually, and emotionally as well I might add.
    Keep shining for Him!


    Hi Dee – as was reading your devotional on the light of Christ it really resonated with me.

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