Week 30 Thursday

This Little Light of Mine

Today’s scripture selection: Proverbs 13

Key verse: Proverbs 13:9

     One of my earliest memories of church life is singing a song called “This Little Light of Mine.”  Over the years I have led more children than I can remember in singing this same song.

     If you’ve heard it, you know it’s all about letting the “light” of God’s love shine through us – and never, ever letting Satan “blow it out.”

     I’m sure that many find this little children’s melody naïve – a mere throwback to simpler days and simpler times.

     But it’s really a great message – one not only to be nostalgically remembered – but actively lived.

     Our world can be a very dark place.

     In fact, it’s getting to where I am almost afraid to flip on the news or surf the internet.  Too often the selfishness; the violence; the outright evil I see at work there is overwhelming – almost.

     Then I remember “this little light of mine.”

     I remember that I can brighten the corner of the world that I inhabit.  I remember that while “I cannot do everything, I can do something.”

     And I breathe a little easier.

     So here’s to children’s ditties from Vacation Bible School that remind us to be an unrelenting, always illuminating bit of light whenever and wherever we find darkness.

Prayer: Lord, let my light shine brightly, wherever it is needed.  AMEN.


By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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