Let your light shine

By Elaine Wheat
Jan. 12, 2018 at 3:21 p.m.

Elaine Wheat

Elaine Wheat   Contributed Photo for The Victoria Advocate

"Let your light shine before men, that they may see your fine works and give glory to your Father who is in the heaven."

- Matthew 5:6

Recently, I was fishing at my favorite beach, and when the fishing got slow, I put my rod and reel down and took a break. I began to thank God for my many blessings and decided to sing a song that had accompanied me on many past fishing trips with my family when I was just a little girl.

"This little light of mine,

I'm gonna let it shine

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

Everywhere I go, I'm gonna let it shine

Everywhere I go, I'm gonna let it shine

Everywhere I go, I'm gonna let it shine

Let it shine,

Let it shine,

Let it shine

This little light of mine,

I'm gonna let it shine

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.

All up in my house,

I'm gonna let it shine

All up in my house,

I'm gonna let it shine

All up in my house,

I'm gonna let it shine

Let it shine,

Let it shine,

Let it shine

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

Out there in the dark

I'm gonna let it shine

Out there in the dark

I'm gonna let it shine

Out there in the dark

I'm gonna let it shine

Let it shine, shine, shine

Let it shine!

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine 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, shine, shine Let it shine!"

I can just picture my Mom, who we nicknamed "Budgie," as we made up some of our own words:

"I won't let Satan poof it out,

I'm gonna let it shine

I won't let Satan poof it out,

I'm gonna let it shine,

Let it shine,

Let it shine,

Let it shine

It's gonna shine all around the world,

I'm gonna let it shine

It's is gonna shine all around the world,

I'm gonna let it shine

Let it shine,

Let it shine,

Let it shine

It's gonna shine til Jesus comes,

I'm gonna let it shine

It's gonna shine til Jesus comes,

I' m gonna let it shine

Let it shine,

Let it shine,

Let it shine."

As I count my blessings, I also ask God to let me be a blessing to others.

Dear Lord, Please help us to be a light to others in all we do.

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