For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness (Gen 1:3),” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed.
II Corinthians 1:3-4
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.
Your love, Yahweh, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, you justice like the deep. Yahweh, you preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life, in your light we see light.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God at the beginning. Through him all things were made, without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not understood it.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
For you were once darkness but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is the light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said:
Wake up, O Sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.
If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and don not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
I John 1:5-7
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven.
Lord, you are light: pure, holy, just, righteous, and blinding. I need you to shine through me. I have you as my treasure in a jar but it is through my cracks, my weaknesses, my frailties, and my failures that you shine brightest. Be my vision and light and guidance in this world of darkness and let others always see your light through me.
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To which I would add one more: Philippians 2:14-16 — Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.
Or as the Newsboys put it: Shine!