by Darla Noble
With all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints: on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in opening my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the Good News.
Charles Gabriel, born in 1856, was a prolific composer who wrote at least 7,000 songs under several different aliases. Many of his compositions continue to be popular today, including His Eye is on the Sparrow, Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, and Crown Him With Many Crowns.
Gabriel’s first work to gain a wide audience was Send the Light, a song that has special relevance to today’s Bible verse.
Part of the song says:
Let us not grow weary in the work of love. Send the light. Send the light. Let us gather jewels for a crown above. Send the light. Send the light. Send the light, the blessed Gospel light, let it shine from shore to shore…let it shine for evermore.
We are all called to be bold for the cause of Christ—to share the message of the Gospel. Being bold doesn’t mean you have to stand before a crowd of people or memorize large sections of scripture. Being bold doesn’t mean you have to teach a room full of preschoolers or teenagers.
Being bold for the cause of Christ means sharing the news and love of Jesus with anyone and everyone in your circle by being yourself and doing what you do best in a way that honors God.
Please give me the courage and desire to share Your love and Your Word with everyone in my life. Use me to send Your light into a dark world. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.