the glow - a study in light

aren't those just lovely?  these images are from a fabulous little site called the glow...a glimpse into the world of inspiring and fashionable moms.  all of the pictures have a certain glow to them.  a characteristic light that floods and illuminates the beauty of the scene.  mamas and their kids.  their homes. their life.

this site got me thinking about the beauty of light.  doesn't light just make everything better?  brighter?  more vivid?  amazing.  and then, my hubby read the following entry from spurgeon's morning and evening.  it was perfect.

quietly contemplate the Lamb as the light of heaven. light in Scripture is the emblem of joy. the joy of the saints in heaven is comprised in this: Jesus chose us, loved us, bought us, cleansed us, robed us, kept us, glorified us: we are here entirely through the Lord Jesus. each one of these thoughts shall be to them like a cluster of the grapes of eshcol. light is also the cause of beauty. nought of beauty is left when light is gone. without light no radiance flashes from the sapphire, no peaceful ray proceedeth from the pearl; and thus all the beauty of the saints above comes from Jesus. as planets, they reflect the light of the Sun of Righteousness; they live as beams proceeding from the central orb. if he withdrew, they must die; if his glory were veiled, their glory must expire. light is also the emblem of knowledge. in heaven our knowledge will be perfect, but the Lord Jesus himself will be the fountain of it. dark providences, never understood before, will then be clearly seen, and all that puzzles us now will become plain to us in the light of the Lamb. oh! what unfoldings there will be and what glorifying of the God of love! light also means manifestation. light manifests. in this world it doth not yet appear what we shall be. God's people are a hidden people, but when Christ receives his people into heaven, he will touch them with the wand of his own love, and change them into the image of his manifested glory. they were poor and wretched, but what a transformation! they were stained with sin, but one touch of his finger, and they are bright as the sun, and clear as crystal. oh! what a manifestation! all this proceeds from the exalted Lamb. whatever there may be of effulgent splendour, Jesus shall be the centre and soul of it all. oh! to be present and to see him in his own light, the King of kings, and Lord of lords!

"the Lamb is the light thereof"  revelation 21:23

nought of beauty is left when light is gone.  thank you, Lord, for being the source of light.  thank you for illuminating our world with not only the radiance and warmth of the sun, but of the resplendence and beauty of your Son.  may i glow and emanate your beauty in a dark world.  may many be drawn to your incandescence.