Luminaries in the Heavens

Our God wants to return,
He is waiting for those
Who like Joseph and like Paul
Will learn the secret
How to lack or abound,
How to trust and submit,
How to live the reigning life
And speak all that you see.
  God said,
You are the salt of the earth
You are the light of the world.
In this dark age you shine
As luminaries in the heavens.
But we shine not from ourselves;
We behold and we reflect
The glory of our Lord.
Often we are distressed,
In a pit or slavery.
But we’re not there on our own;
Jehovah’s there with us,
And He is working the most
When it seems like all is wrong,
When we are very low,
He supplies and cares for us.
Maurice Ward

Irving, Texas, United States

We are not there on our own. Often I feel like I've lost my ability to be a luminary. In some way because of my failure I've taken a step back and have lost something my power or right to shine forth Christ. But Paul says, For it is God who operates in you. Hallelujah!

Jehovah's there with us, and He is working the most!

Lord make us those who live the reigning life and speak forth all that we see.