Morning Star: Jesus is the Light of the World, the Bright Morning Star

Wait for daybreak and the rising of the Morning Star in your heart.
2 Peter 1:19 (The Message)

The sun began to rise on Mt. Sinai. The deeper purples on the granite surface of the mountain faded to an intense lavender. We had already climbed for more than three hours.

Billions of stars in the blackened sky faded as the morning star took its place on the edge of the universe. Stone colors melded into blue, red, yellow, and finally white as the sun rose higher on the mountain. A song of praise rose from those who had made the journey and climbed the hard places. It was more than worth the struggle, far beyond anything many of us had ever dreamed we would accomplish.

What dream has God given you? To make an award-winning quilt or finish one your mother started many years ago? Perhaps you need to complete a project around the multiple needs of a growing family or design and carry out the task of creating a fiftieth-anniversary quilt for a special couple. Maybe your dream is to participate in a project to send 50,000 quilts to the poor around the world.

Think about it. God, the Creator of the universe, has put in you a core of creativity. He has a plan and purpose for your life. There is a myriad of ways to use your talents and have the challenge and fun of creating a practical work of art.

Peter tells us God’s word is a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Wouldn’t you want to reflect that light … to be a shining light for Jesus? You can do that in the beautiful things you create. You may have to climb a few mountains to get there, but the view from the top is spectacular.

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by Gayle Ottemiller

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Gayle C. Ottemiller has published magazine articles, poetry, and devotions. Her work appears on Christian Devotions and in several compilation books. Her book of poetry and photography, Faith Lifts: When Life Lets You Down, was published in 2010. Gayle has an MS in guidance and counseling and is retired after working twenty-eight years with developmentally disabled adults. Find her on Facebook and LinkedIn. Visit her at

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions ( and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.