WHEN LOVE SHINES IN
Carrie E. Breck, 1855–1934
Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
Our emotional soundness and even our physical health depend on the quality of our love for God. And as a result, we gain an attitude of love and concern for our fellowmen. Negative feelings of hate, anger, and selfishness can destroy the well-being of any individual. How important it is to allow God’s love to shine into our lives, not only for the good it brings to others but also for the health it brings to our own lives.
True Christian love always seeks to lighten the burden of others and to bring happiness into their lives. We love others not only for what they are but also for what they can become once they too experience the warmth of divine love. Our lives can never remain the same once we learn to share God’s love in word and deed each day. The closer we get to Christ, the closer we get to one another.
But believers are not known simply because they do good deeds. They do good works because they have experienced the supernatural love of Christ. The praise for this transformed life is then directed to the heavenly Father—never to themselves.
Carrie Breck, the author of “When Love Shines In,” was known as a deeply devoted Christian and life-long Presbyterian. She wrote more than 2,000 poems while a mother of five children.
Jesus comes with pow’r to gladden, when love shines in; ev’ry life that woe can sadden, when love shines in. Love will teach us how to pray; love will drive the gloom away, turn our darkness into day—when love shines in.
How the world will grow with beauty, when love shines in, and the heart rejoice in duty, when love shines in. Trials may be sanctified, and the soul in peace abide; life will all be glorified—when love shines in.
Darkest sorrow will grow brighter, when love shines in, and the heaviest burden lighter, when love shines in. ’Tis the glory that will throw light to show us where to go; O the heart shall blessing know—when love shines in.
We may have unfading splendor, when love shines in, and a friendship true and tender, when love shines in. When earth’s vict’ries shall be won, and our life in heav’n begun, there will be no need of sun—when love shines in.
Chorus: When love shines in, how the heart is tuned to singing, when love shines in; in joy and peace to others bringing—when love shines in!
For Today: Song of Solomon 8:7; Proverbs 4:18; Colossians 1:12
Seek by the Holy Spirit’s enablement to radiate Christ’s love in word and deed. Carry this musical truth with you—
Osbeck, K. W.
- . Song of Solomon 8:7
- . Proverbs 4:18
- . Colossians 1:12
This version reminds me of my grandmother as she would sit at the piano to sing and play for family gatherings. My love of music that spans the spectrum was, at least in part, due to her. I have very found memories of the small country church we would visit in Maine and sing with her often playing the pipe organ. Oh, to go back to little very active me and sit still long enough to learn piano! (I just wanted to run in the field with horses, following mucking out the barn and giving hay to the steers and horses.) Hope this blesses your hearts.