Sunday, 30 October 2016

Every Child Free From Fear

As many of you will have noticed, over the past few weeks, shops have been filled with ghosts and ghouls, witches and monsters, and all manor of ‘scary’ things. On Monday, many people in our country will celebrate Halloween. 

Now I am not a fan at all of Halloween and this time of year, for me, seems particularly dark.  

The trailers at the cinemas are full of dark and scary horror films

There are places people pay to visit with people dressed up in scary costumes and chase you around with knives and other weapons!

Children are encouraged to go and do, one night of the year, something which they are told is incredibly dangerous the rest of the year… which is knock on a strangers door and then accept sweets from them!!

The dark things in life are celebrated and revered and people even dress up to be like them!

Not only all that… and that is certainly enough to give me nightmares! But there seems so much more darkness.

Not only are the nights drawing in, ensuring we spend more time in darkness, but just this morning as I read the headlines I saw:
“Parents in search for missing student”
“Female middle aged and homeless”
“Boy and girl die in suspicious fire”
“Ex IS fighter says group is killing children”
“teenager stabbed to death at a birthday party”

Our world is full of darkness and many people live in fear.

You see darkness and fear seem to go hand in hand.

I have been pondering these ideas and the other day I was looking at some of the world that World vision do. Check it out at: http://www.worldvision.org.uk/
It is a charity that helps children all over the world. Their motto is

EVERY CHILD FREE FROM FEAR

They are encouraging people, this Halloween, instead of carving a scary face in a pumpkin to carve a simple heart. As a sign that you believe that every child should be free from Fear. 


My World Vision Pumpkin

But this Got me thinking… EVERY CHILD FREE FROM FEAR. There was someone who came into this world for that very purpose. There is someone who has already paid the price and righted the wrong so that EVERYBODY can live a life of freedom. You see we are all children of God and Jesus came to earth to make sure  that 

EVERY CHILD CAN BE FREE FROM FEAR.


John 8:12 says: Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. 
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

1 John 1:5 says: This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are 
passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him.

And John Chapter 1 says:
Before time itself was measured, the Voice was speaking.
    The Voice was and is God.
This celestial Word remained ever present with the Creator;
    His speech shaped the entire cosmos.
Immersed in the practice of creating,
    all things that exist were birthed in Him.
His breath filled all things
    with a living, breathing light—
A light that thrives in the depths of darkness,
    blazes through murky bottoms.
It cannot and will not be quenched.


Today you can have that light. The light that drives away all fear. You only have to ask!

Maybe today you already have that light…Well hallelujah!

But God call us to turn our own lights on and shine!
Matthew 5 says:

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.Neither 
do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

We are all called to shine in the darkness and bring light so that Every child is free from fear




There is a beautiful song that gives this message far more eloquently than I ever could and the words are so powerful. They say: 

Candle of the Lord 
How great the darkness, how deep the need!
 How vast the problems of indifference, hate and greed; 
A world rejecting the truth once known,
 And slipping down into a nightmare of its own;
 Is there a light that’s strong enough to go, 
And metamorphasize the darkness that we know? 

I am a candle of the Lord, 
with truth and love more powerful than sword! 
O fan the flame, its single gleam diffuse,
 And let my spirit be the light that You can use.
 I am the candle of the Lord. Light me! 

 How bright the light is from soul to soul:
 A myriad tiny flames expanding to a whole.
 How strange the truth is when joined as one,
 And what a miracle this shining could become; 
It could transform the darkness that we know, 
And clearly light the way mankind must try to go

I am a candle of the Lord, 
with truth and love more powerful than sword! 
O fan the flame, its single gleam diffuse,
 And let my spirit be the light that You can use.
 I am the candle of the Lord. Light me! 

 Maybe today you would like to pray for the light to come into your life and drive away your fear.


Maybe today you would like to commit to be the candle of the Lord and allow you light to shine for others. 
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