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You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Jesus Christ, Matthew 5:14-16

The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

Jesus Christ, Matthew 6:22-23

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it . . . The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world.

John 1:4-5,9

Portland Head Light, Maine (1791), 1992 - the most famous and most painted and photographed lighthouse in America

And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God.

John 3:19-21

. . . I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

Jesus Christ, John 8:12

And night shall be no more; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light . . .

Revelation 22:5

All Bible verses: RSV

Split Rock Lighthouse, Minnesota (northern shore of Lake Superior, on a huge cliff), 1988 / Pemaquid Lighthouse, Maine (1827), 1992

Love's Pure Light, Burning Bright
A catechetical / evangelical poem
CREATION
Love's pure Light, burning Bright, [Ps 89:15]
Crowning Creation, beginning of Story. [Gen 1:3]
Banishing darkness, cold, and Night, [Gen 1:4]
Skies and mountains bespeak His Glory. [Rom 1:20]
FIERY REVELATION
Love's pure Light, what a sight! [1 Tim 6:16]
Shekinah cloud hovering high. [Ex 13:21]
Above the Temple, Jerusalem's height, [1 Kings 8:10-11]
God's presence, comforting, ever nigh. [Jer 31:33-34]
REDEMPTION FROM SIN
Love's pure Light, cast away fright, [Lk 2:8-10]
God/Child trembling in the hay-filled cave. [Lk 2:11-14]
From Bethlehem's star, receives heavenly Light, [Mt 2:9-11]
Fallen souls, weak bodies, came He to Save. [Jn 3:16-18]
GLORY
Love's pure Light, shows His might, [Jn 3:19-21]
Transfiguration's wonders, disciples see. [Lk 9:29,32]
Elijah, Moses, Peter, John in twilight, [Lk 9:28,30-31,33-34]
Glimpse Afterlife's marvels to be. [Phil 3:20-21]
NEW CREATION
Love's pure Light, burning Bright, [Jn 8:12]
Conquering death, and Satan's Ploy. [Rom 6:3-14]
Jesus Rising, vanquish'd man's Plight, [Acts 1:3]
Guard soldiers dazed, scattered like toys. [Mt 28:1-4]
FIERY REVELATION
Love's pure Light, what a sight!  [Jn 1:4-5,9]
Disciples, Mary pray in the Upper Room. [Acts 1:12-14]
For each one a Fiery Spirit tonight, [Acts 2:1-4]
Causing to flee doubt, fear, and gloom. [Jn 14:27-29]
REDEMPTION FROM WEAKNESS
Love's pure Light, cast away fright, [Mt 5:14-16]
Holy Spirit each believer to Dwell, [Jn 14:15-26]
Power, Grace, Peace for all Contrite, [Phil 4:13]
Exceeds, defeats temptations from Hell. [James 4:7]
HEAVENLY GLORY
Love's pure Light, shows His might, [Rev 22:5]
Magnificent Almighty, Reigns on His Throne. [Rev 4:2-6]
Redeemed multitude Worships, Delights, [Rev 7:13-17]
Heaven's Ecstatic Joy forevermore Shone. [Rev 21:1-27]
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