You Illuminate

“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” John 1:4

Your life is my light.

When darkness threatens me, Your light – in the form of Your life – steadies me.

When death seeks to write its name over my life and my children’s lives, big and small, Your life re-writes me. It re-writes them.

When I look at Your life — when I slow down and take in deep breaths over long stares at You and Your person and Yourself, made-manifest in flesh against the flesh of this earth — Your light works its way into me.  My eyes become the gateway, the entry point, for Your light.

I look at You and I light up. You illuminate my insides. I adore You, who makes something out of nothing and takes the darkest parts of me and promises that they, too, will have their chance at light.

All beauty and strength and power that seeps out of my life is sourced in You. You shine in me and my life can’t conceal the radiance. You share with me and I partake in Your light.

I adore You, God, who overshadows me with Your light. My sin does not disqualify me because Your light in men coursed from Your own veins. You source light and life.

That which was once tucked away, as a word from the Father’s mouth, waiting to be spoken, was uttered … and that utterance incited hope. One Word from His mouth, which broke through the dark expanse of the earth, changed everything — and is still changing me.

Your light grows. It expands. It surrounds and envelops me. Your life penetrates me and instead of being marked by my darkness, I am painted with Your light.

I adore You, Father of lights. Father of light, I love Your light.

You illuminate You to me and You illuminate You, in me.

I worship You, Life manifest in light.


So what do I do with these posts, you ask, other than just read them? First, if you haven’t yet, read: Why I Adore and Morning Chai, Explained to give you a context for this little space on my blog. 

If you are compelled, I invite you to participate. Set up a space and time in your own life to begin adoring. Over laundry or dinner dishes, on your commute to work, or in the wee morning hours — five or ten minutes is a great start. You can use the verse I list here every day or two as a launch pad for your own adoration. (Showing Up gives you some practicals.)

Then practice praise.

I promise your weary soul won’t regret it.

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Photo compliments of Mandie Joy.