The picture above is of me holding my youngest-of-five children, that being Benjamin Barrett Courson.
As you might have noticed, it was taken a few years back.
Around twenty seven years back, in fact!
Even way back then Benny felt right at home in front of the congregation.
And he actually rather lit up and glowed as he would pray or share a verse with us there in the Amphitheater.
Fast forward about twenty seven years... and watch what happens as Ben shares in that very same location this past Christmas and Easter (as well as in an indoor setting) in a very beautifully done two minute video presentation that caused me (and many others) to be inspired and blessed as Benjamin rather lights-it-up and glows-for-God in encouraging us to be light in this dark world we live in presently.
The title of this very short message is: Glowsticks!
Please do take a look as you click on the video below.
Aglow in God's Grace with You,
For my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off. Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? And I will not give my glory unto another.
“I deferred My anger toward My people for My name’s sake,” the Lord declares. “I wanted to refine you in the furnace of affliction, but found no silver.” What a tragic indictment for God to level at His people: “You wouldn’t let the fiery furnace, the hard trials, purify you. Therefore, no silver was found.”
Sometimes we wonder why we face one affliction after another. Could it be it’s because we’re not learning our lesson? Could it be that we’re so stubborn that the Lord has to continually take us through the fire of affliction? Has the Lord been speaking to you about some issue? Is there something the Lord has told you needs to be changed but about which you persistently say, “Maybe later, Lord”? We all go through fiery trials and many are absolutely mandated. But, as we watch the people of Israel, we see that other trials are the result of our own stubbornness concerning lessons God wants to teach.