Brighten The Corner Where You Are!

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With the passing of the winter solstice, I almost feel optimistically that I can already see the days getting longer with the promise of spring. Of course no one knows what sort of weather will be in store for us before the dawn of spring! And so it is with life itself, for no one knows what a year will hold, or indeed what life will hold for us before the dawning of that New Day when we are called Home or the Lord returns for His own. However, for those who have put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour – we can rest assured that “our times are in His Hands.”

I was considering the element of “light” just recently and how the Lord Jesus Christ was “a light of the Gentiles.” (Isaiah 42v6) The first 7 verses of this chapter are prophetic of His coming… “to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.” (Verse 7)

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus exhorts His followers to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5v16)

While the rest of the world will curse the awful situations that mankind universally finds himself in, His true followers will use such situations to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2Peter 3v18) and to let their lights “so shine before men.”

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.” (Matthew 5v14) Each day that the Lord gives His children is yet another opportunity to “brighten the corner where we are.” Sometimes it may simply be to patiently support and care for someone in our own homes, or just be there for someone who is going through tumultuous times, or offering kind and loving words of witness to a neighbour or someone we meet in daily life, or speaking to souls in a hospital waiting room. As the years go by, we may not be in a position to launch out to foreign fields to reach the lost but “we can brighten the corner where we are.”

In fact we must brighten the corner where we are, wherever the Lord has placed us; making use of whatever opportunities, situations we find ourselves in, or talents that the Lord has bestowed upon us to reach others. “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights of the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.” (Philippians 2v15&16)

Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,

Do not wait to shed your light afar;

To the many duties ever near you now be true,

Brighten the corner where you are.

 

Brighten the corner where you are!

Brighten the corner where you are!

Someone far from harbour you may guide across the bar;

Brighten the corner where you are!

 

Just above are clouded skies that you may help to clear,

Let not narrow self your way debar;

Though into one heart alone may fall your song of cheer,

Brighten the corner where you are.

 

Here for all your talent you may surely find a need,

Here reflect the bright and Morning Star;

Even from your humble hand the Bread of Life may feed,

Brighten the corner where you are.

 

© Ina Duley Ogdon (1872-1964)

 

Link to this hymn: https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/8652

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