John 1:3-9 and 8:12 “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  Light is used here as an analogy rather than a name of Jesus.  It is one of the easier terms to understand.    The fact is that those who walk in darkness cannot understand the things of Light. If they had light they would not be in darkness since no darkness can dwell in the light.  Light drives away darkness; darkness cannot drive away light.

 Only the Light can open their eyes; where light is, darkness cannot remain.  We cannot have any “Jesus” in us and not have some light that can be shared.  Do any of you remember the little song called, This Little Light of Mine?  “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” – “Hide it under a bushel, No” – “Shine all over the neighborhood” – “Won’t let satan blow it out” – “Let it shine ‘til Jesus comes.”

Are you shining with the light of Jesus? Even if you feel like your light is small, it will be effective where Jesus puts you.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Adelheid says:

    I’m not sure if we have the same song but this is what I can remember from when I was young.

    This little light of mine
    I’m gonna let it shine
    This little light of mine
    I’m gonna let it shine
    Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

    Jesus is the Light
    I’m gonna let Him shine
    Jesus is the Light
    I’m gonna let Him shine
    Let Him shine, let Him shine, let Him shine

    I was in grade 1 when I first heard this song in our school, Christian Academy of Manila, taught by our music teacher Miss Orena. I’m not sure if I got her name right because that was so long ago. 🥰🥰🥰

  2. says:

    Keep shining your light, Oneta. You are a beacon.

  3. Light drives away darkness; darkness cannot drive away light……I absolutely love that thought Oneta. I had never gone past light driving away darkness. I have to give a talk on how we, as laity, can be light… that second part is an awesome perspective. Thank you!

    • oneta hayes says:

      I am so glad that additional thought was so timely for you. A little further expansion on that thought. Can darkness kill light? We know that evil can kill Christians, but we also know there has been a great expansion of the Gospel caused by evil killing Christians. As sinners have watched Christians die, they have been influenced to accept Christ. Paul said that one of the reasons for his suffering. First chapter of Philippians Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has served to advance the gospel.

  4. Thanks for the great reminder of the song. Brings back great memories of my younger days growing up in the Baptist church in Atlanta.


    • oneta hayes says:

      I’m thankful for the little lights the Lord planted in us via of volunteer SS teachers. Mine was a Pentecostal church. Both teaching Jesus and his love and redeeming blood.

      • What a great blessing. I had some great experiences with Pentecostal churches in my youth.

        • oneta hayes says:

          I spent most of my life in Pentecostal Holiness churches, then Assy of God, now Baptist. The Baptists know I am Pentecostal in my home life, and I know they are Baptists. We would never do anything to hurt each other or the Lord. I respect the Baptist’s traditional call to evangelism. My last church grew too large for me to manage physically (ramps, steps, parking lot, etc. and I receive nothing from their current form of worship.) Love the people dearly in both. So, so thankful that I was raised in the old-fashioned kinds of Pentecost – back when church services would last 2 or more hours and I loved every minute of it. Don’t that at any church now. If the Holy Spirit were to become visible in the 58th minute, we would tell him he missed the show. Got to keep in the hour to be streamed! Lord, forgive and help. Should I have said all that?!

          • Yes! It needs to be said. I understand completely.

            I am a life long Baptist, baptized in the Holy Spirit. My current church has an hour and 1/2 long service, to the minute. Everything is fully scripted out. They teach the word of God but miss the power of the Holy Spirit.


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