Shine Jesus Shine

December 15, 2016
by Iris Ford

Many years ago, shortly after I came to Canada, I was sitting in a church when this lovely hymn was announced. Even though I had not heard it before, I found myself singing wholeheartedly with everyone else. I have never forgotten the enthusiasm of our singing. We loved Jesus, and He was shining through us as we sang. I have the music, and when I am playing it today, I am carried away with joy and enthusiasm. Do you know the hymn? Here are some of the words:

    Lord, the light of Your love is shining,
    In the midst of the darkness shining,
    Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us
    Set us free by the truth You now bring us.
    Shine on me, shine on me.

Yes, Jesus is the light of the world, and how He shines in the world today is through you and me who believe in Him. He sets our hearts on fire, and we sing at the top of our lungs. One can tell that the whole congregation is getting more and more enthusiastic.

Our nation surely needs to be flooded with grace and mercy. Sadly, the world is so dark these days, perhaps even darker than when Graham Kendrick wrote this poem in 1987 — it is about to be 30 years old. That isn't so long ago. In this dark time, we need to keep shining in His reflected light.

    Lord, I come to Your awesome presence,
    From the shadows into Your radiance.
    By the blood I may enter Your brightness.
    Search me, try me, consume all my darkness.
    Shine on me, shine on me.

Isaiah 60:1-3 – Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. (NIV)

What does it mean to shine for the Lord? As the poem continues, our shining comes from gazing on Jesus' kingly brightness so that our faces display Jesus' likeness.

2 Corinthians 4:6 – For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ. (NIV)

What does a shining face look like? Do I have one? Do you? When we know Jesus, our faces should shine with love and joy! Does our countenance reflect the love of Christ within us?

Prayer: Lord, our faces can look dull in this struggling, dark world. Please fill us with Your Holy Spirit, so that in our singing, praying, and sharing, we can shine for Jesus simply because we love Him so much. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Iris Ford
Parksville, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Beautiful devotional. Merry Christmas.

    Thanks for sharing Iris. Have a Merry Christmas.

    Thanks Iris, haven’t heard that hymn in a long time.

    I have sung that as a solo many times.
    I really love it.

    Our church sings that beautiful hymn quite often. Amen to your writing
    this morning.

    Yes, may we always reflect Christ’s shining glory. Thanks for reminding us of this uplifting hymn. Blessings.

    Thank you Iris ‘climb up sunshine mountain’ yours is a great message for today and all our days.

    You were shining through the printed word today! Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks Iris
    I’ll use your devotional next time we sing “Shine Jesus Shine,” which is a favorite of our church!

    Thanks for this joyful Christmas meditation!
    The music and the church I go to now, although amazing, is pretty “trad”
    and this would be termed a “kids’ chorus” but if we can’t shine
    during the Christmas season… May the light of Jesus radiate your life at
    this time and through the coming year,

    This devotional brought back a lot of joyful memories as I lead worship as we sang Shine Jesus Shine. I referred to this hymn as my theme song in ministry. I would have my hands raised in praise and adoration and my feet would be dancing for joy and, Praise the Lord, I did not trip over my robes.
    Blessings for sharing this.

    Dear Iris:
    This has been a favourite of mine for some time.
    I remember singing it in a arena filled with about 20,000 students. They almost lifted the roof.
    Thanks for reminding me of this hymn, as I have not sung it for some time.
    May you have a joyous, and blessed Christmas, as you celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Dear Iris, Once again your devotional has shone through and brought us to look towards our Saviour, to bring us through life in putting our Faith and trust in Him.
    We both like that song, Shine Jesus shine. May God have His blessings upon you to continue writing devotionals to inspire us to open our hearts, mind and soul to the Lord our God. May you have a wonderful Christmas and may 2017 bring you many more God blessings.

    Advent greetings, Iris, and Merry Christmas too. This is a lovely devotional. Thank-you.
    I also wanted to thank you for the last one about Cousin Elizabeth. My daughter is also an ordained minister in the PCC. We are going to do a dialogue sermon at one of her churches soon. I wrote it and I used some of your ideas from that devotional. It was very inspiring and helpful. So thanks very much. Blessings to you for 2017.

    Good Morning Iris,
    It’s so good to hear from you today and thank you for you beautiful devotional. If we don’t let our lives shine, who will know about the love of Jesus Christ? Every morning before I get out of bed I have my visit with the Lord, and I always say “may I be a blessing to someone today, no matter how it is, and I don’t need to know.” No doubt I many times have passed up opportunities and later realized that I had missed a chance to just say a word that could have meant a lot to that person. I also don’t have to know so I can give myself a pat on the back. All I need to know is that my light is shining in the darkness all around me.
    God love you and so do I.

    Hi Iris,
    You are so right, we are living in dark times indeed. It seems that the “Light of the world” is being rejected or ignored by so many people.
    Thank you for reminding us.

    Hello Iris,
    As I read this devotional, I felt that it was yours, and so it was.
    Thank you again for your spiritual enrichment which comes so regularly. I’ll share this with my family and friends this weekend.
    May our Lord grant you a Christmastime of hope, joy, peace, and many expressions of love.

    Thank you for this devotional, Iris. The first time I heard that hymn was in a church basement at Synod. And the music and words resounded with power and strength! It is one of my favourite hymns and we don’t sing it now because we have different priests, music leaders, and instruments… dang! Thanks again for reminding me of the enthusiasm that I heard and felt then.
    Merry Christmas.

    Hello Iris. I’m just back from England and what a God-incidence: we sang that song in church over there. I’d never heard it before. It was a Christingle service, which I’d never heard of either.
    Everyone makes a candle in an orange, and the offerings go to the Children’s Society. It’s become a popular tradition there. In my own church, the traditional advent candles of love, hope, peace and joy were replaced this year. The first was called the candle of vision. Takes some getting used to but there’s always room for new traditions, I guess!
    Thanks for your message and for giving me a little thrill of remembrance of my trip. Merry Christmas to you.

    I love the words of the song you quoted in your devotional, Iris, and I well understand about the enthusiasm it generates when we sing it as a group in church. However, I sometimes wonder if I live it as enthusiastically the other six days of the week when I have to sing a solo.
    Thanks Iris. I will consider your challenge carefully.

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