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Advent Calendar – December 16


This little light of mine

Matthew 5: 14-16

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Though often described as “traditional”, the chorus of the song was actually composed by Harry Dixon Loes (1895–1965). That is the way Eddie James, Son” House, Jr. (March 21, 1902 – October 19, 1988) sang it on our 1964 recording.

This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine.
This little Light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine.
This little Light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine,
let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.The light that shines is the light of love,
lights the darkness from above,
it shines on me and it shines on you,
and shows what the power of love can do.
I’m gonna shine my light both far and near,
I’m gonna shine my light both bright and clear,
Where there’s dark corner in this land, 
I’m gonna let my light shine.Chorus

On Monday he gave me the gift of love,
Tuesday peace came from above.
On Wedn’sday he told me to have more faith,
on Thursday he gave me a little more grace.
On Friday he told me to watch and pray,
on Saturday he told me just what to say,
on Sunday he gave me the pow’r divine
to let my little light shine.

Chorus

Days to Christmas

Please come back tomorrow for another posting in my Advent calendar

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