Each year we take a small gift to present to the players on the teams we play against. Over the years, we have given gifts such as: water bottles, pucks, chocolate pucks, hats and maple fudge. We are very grateful that the teams in Czech would choose to spend their time playing with us and listening to our stories. It’s nice to give them a small token of our appreciation and perhaps a visual reminder of us and our message. This year we had flashlight-keychains made with our logo, the year and a scripture reference. In Czech, Jan 8:12 – Já jsem světlo světa. – I am the light of the world. Sure, it’s a bit of a corny illustration, but I hope it will be a visual reminder of our testimony.
Tonight I compared the scripture to going into my 7-year old’s bedroom at night. He often has hard plastic toys on the floor that are mostly undetectable in the dark. Even with a night light or lamp on, some of the toys are still invisible. Unexpectedly stepping on small hard objects can be really painful. Having a light won’t remove those obstacles, but it will help you safely navigate through them safely. It’s our prayer that the people we meet and share with will come to know the “light of the world”.
John 8:12 NLT – Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
Jan 8:12 Bible21 Ježíš k nim pak znovu promluvil: „Já jsem světlo světa. Kdo mě následuje, nebude už chodit v temnotě, ale bude mít světlo života.“