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AN AMAZING FACT: Chips, a mixed-breed canine hero of World War II, participated in the invasion of Sicily. When his handler’s infantry unit was pinned down by gunfire, Chips broke away and charged the machine gun team. The Italian unit abandoned their fortification and was captured. For bravery in this and other circumstances, Chips was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, the Purple Heart, and eight battle stars. These were later revoked by a new policy stating that animals could not receive military decorations.
During World War II, some of America’s cities ordered citywide blackouts because of the bomb threat. Windows were covered with black shades, cars drove without headlights, and men were not to smoke a cigarette outside—it was said a lighted match could be seen from the air miles away. One family was instructed to extinguish the fire in their fireplace because of the glow from the chimney. The block warden warned, “One small light could change everything.”
In the darkness of that long-ago night in Bethlehem, Jesus became that one small light. He changed everything. He said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). He proclaims, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). You and I are the ones He depends on to show His love to a dying world.
“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. … If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:5–7 NIV). That’s it—fellowship with one another! That’s how we share the light.
Some believe that those who have won many to righteousness will shine as the stars forever and ever. But unlike Chips, those stars won’t be taken away.
KEY BIBLE TEXTS
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
1 Peter 2:9