This little light of mine

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine” 

As someone who grew up in the church, this is a simple song I know well. Complete, of course, with motions. As a child, I saw it as just a song we sang in Sunday School. As an adult, though, it’s more than just a little song about my faith. It’s how I shape and live my life.

In the Prayer of St. Francis, there’s a line that states “Where there is darkness, let me sow light.”  And I’ve come to realize that letting my light shine isn’t simply about childlike faith. It isn’t merely something that’s limited to being a Christian. 

I mourn the dead, and I fight like hell for the living. I’m outspoken for the rights of disabled people. That is letting my light shine. The world is often dark. The world is often bleak. But I choose to let my light shine. 

Letting my light shine is no longer merely about my faith. Letting my light shine is being a light in a dark world. A voice that sings out against hate. A flicker that stays lit when the world is crashing down. It’s about standing up for what I believe in because it’s right, not because it’s easy. 

I let my light shine because sometimes, all it takes is one light to change the world. 



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