This Little Light of Mine

Stacie Marshall This Little Light of Mine
A classic children's hymn! This beloved hymn was written by Harry Dixon Loes in the early 20th century. Its lyrics are simple for kids to easily remember and recite, with "light of mine" having a powerful meaning of the love and truth of Jesus Christ. This hymn is a wonderful way to introduce and teach young ones about faith and confidence in Jesus! Watch video performances of this delightful hymn below.

This Little Light of Mine Lyrics

1 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, oh let it shine.

2 Ev'rywhere I go,
I'm gonna let it shine.
Ev'rywhere I go,
I'm gonna let it shine.
Ev'rywhere I go,
I'm gonna let it shine,
let it shine, let it shine, oh let it shine.

3 Jesus gave it to me,
I'm gonna let it shine.
Jesus gave it to me,
I'm gonna let it shine.
Jesus gave it to me,
I'm gonna let it shine,
let it shine, let it shine, oh let it shine.

Source: One in Faith #874

Songwriters Harold Dixon Loes Published by Public Domain

The Story Behind This Little Light of Mine

Harold Dixon Loes, the American gospel songwriter, took the middle name Dixon in honor of A. C. Dixon, the pastor of Moody Church at the time. Harry Dixon Loes studied music at Moody Bible Institute. After comprehensive training in music, he served a variety of churches as a ministry of music. From 1939 until his retirement he was a member of the music faculty of Moody Bible Institute. He penned the lyrics for 1,500 gospel songs, and composed 3,000 tunes.

Biblical Inspiration of "This Little Light of Mine"

"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” ~ John 8:12

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." ~ John 1:5

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." ~ Matthew 5:16

"For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light" ~ Ephesians 5:8

"But 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 cleanses us from all sin." ~ 1 John 1:7

Our Favorite Performance of "This Little Light of Mine"


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Jesus Loves Me
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Blessed Assurance
Nearer My God to Thee
Abide with Me
His Eye Is On the Sparrow
Be Thou My Vision
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty
How Great Thou Art


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