Jesus, The Light Of The World Carolyn Tomlin January 1 Text: 2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV) Object: Lantern or lighted candle Song: "Heavenly Sunlight" Hello boys and girls. I'm glad to see you today. In my hands I'm holding a lantern (or candle). There is a story about a man who was lost in a cave and the only light he had was a lantern. Trying to find his way out of the darkness, he realized the lantern's light would only go about 4-feet ahead of him. He wondered to himself "how can I ever reach the opening of this cave with only a light that goes such a short distance?" Making his way to the sunlight that pierced the darkness, he realized that as he walked, the light of the lantern moved also. Each step lighted another, and another, until he reached safety. When we are troubled we have God as our guide to light our steps. We never have to walk life alone. God stays ahead and leads us out of the darkness and into the sunlight of His love. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:6, "For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ'." Prayer: Dear Jesus, we ask that these precious children will always depend on your light to guide them throughout life. Amen. [Before we sing "Heavenly Sunlight" let us listen to the words of this song. The author speaks of the love of Jesus leading us over the mountains during good times and into the valley during times when we think like isn't so good. But all through life, we know our Lord is with us. Lead the congregation in singing "Heavenly Sunlight" as children return to their seats.] __________________ Carolyn Tomlin is a Ministry Wife and author in Jackson, TN.