This past few weeks I've been thinking quite a lot about light and candles.
Although we're in the early weeks of October, I'm already commissioned to work on a few Advent and Christmas projects so I've been thinking about themes.
The idea of Jesus Christ being the Light of the World and being born to be one of us is an overriding Christmas theme and of course, candles are often synonymous with the festive season.
It's a time when we may think a bit more than usual about the Light coming into our world but also, it's a time when I think about my responsibilities to be a person who brings light to others. A person who doesn't sow discontent and negativity, but peace and positive vibes.
For inspiration today I turn to a song written by an amazing Christian leader, singer and songwriter ... Joy Webb .... She is a Salvation Army officer (minister) who in the 1960's led a Christian pop group called 'The Joystrings' - they made it into the UK pop charts!
Major Joy has devoted her life to God and since those heady Joystrings days, she has blessed us with many incredible songs which are loved and appreciated, and not just in The Salvation Army.
What I love about Joy's music and songs, writing and words, is that she really goes to the heart of what it means to be a person of faith. Her songs, in particular, are always 'real'. sometimes poignant, many times challenging. Down the years, her God-inspired words and music have inspired me many times.
There's a song which Joy wrote years ago and which is still one of my favourites ... it sums up that whole idea of US following the example of Jesus and being a light in our world.
Please click on the link below to read the words and immerse yourself in the music.
There's are many versions online, including vocal renditions, but today I've chosen an interpretation by a friend of mine, another incredible musician called Gaz Rose ... and his imaging of the song in music and pictures/video.
Thanks Major Joy!
And to you all ... have a great day!
And be blessed!