Let Your Light Shine

This poem, by Caleb Bradlee, is a short inspirational poem that should inspire us all to let our light shine by doing what is right, by helping others, and by setting a good example for all to follow. It isn't always easy to "speak what you know to be right;". It isn't always fun to be the one who speaks out to correct something that you know is faulty or something that is spoken in error intentionally. To those who would rather hold their tongue, they almost always end up regretting not speaking up sooner or later. It may not happen to them in the present moment but it can occur later.

For example, you may hear of a colleague that tells the supervisor that they did all of the work when you know, in fact, that they didn't do any of it. Later, when it comes time for a work review of that person who actually did the work, they end up receiving a work review that costs them a bonus. It turns out that this person desperately needed that bonus in order to be able to pay for a health procedure for one of their family members but now cannot afford to do so. How would you feel now about your lack of standing up for the truth?

To be sure, there will always be those people who need a helping hand. I know what some people may think and that is that there is an abundance of social welfare agencies that can help these needy people. And, while that may be true, this doesn't absolve one's responsibility to come to the aid either personally or by giving to organizations who dedicate their time and resources to assist the less fortunate. And, also be aware that many, many organizations that provide all sorts of assistance do so not with all full-time employees but need a host of volunteers to give them the personal power that they need to carry out their mandate. If you think you are unable to provide anything in the way of a financial contribution, you could always consider volunteering in one of these agencies. You may not have a lot of free time, but any time you can give lessens the burden on many others.

Living according to God's ways and truth.


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Let Your Light Shine
by Caleb Davis Bradlee


O let your light shine, all clear and all bright,
Fear not to speak what you know to be right;
Hide not the thoughts that God puts in your heart,
And ever be glad thy strength to impart.

O let your light shine, for needy ones wait!
Your words always come in right royal state!
Bring now with much love your gifts of great power,
Thus make all holy each day and each hour.

O let your light shine, do all that you may
To help those in darkness find the true way!
Then out of heaven a grand blessing will come,
A voice will be heard - oh hear it - "Well done! "

O let your light shine, let all people see
That you and your Lord do always agree!
He gives the light and he wants it to shine,
And his will is right, and he is divine!

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