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Recently I shared (here’s the post) about a nightly ritual with our 3YO granddaughter and flashlights. When the darkness settles over the house, we head to my bedroom with her flashlight. There we do shadows, hunt for treasure, and read books while snuggling.

This past weekend, we did something new with her flashlight – we took a walk around the neighborhood in the dark.

We were unable to use her typical flashlight as the batteries were bone dead. After introducing her to a larger flashlight, we headed out.

Walking our usual route was fine at first as familiarity helped. She was able to shine her light as we crossed the street and headed down the cul-de-sac. She lifted it up to focus on the trees and the houses where she knew she would find pumpkins and scarecrows.

But then something began to happen. As we continued to walk, the light was dimming. The batteries were draining of their power and it no longer went the distance needed to see the porches.

We pressed on in our walk enjoying the quiet and cool of the night.

And I have been thinking about the walk for a few days.

The people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light;
Those who live in a dark land,
The light will shine on them.”

(Isaiah 9:2, NASB)

Even in the darkness of the world around us, we can be a people who will not only see the Light, but the Light will shine on us. We won’t stumble around, but walk with confidence in the light He shines onto our path. Those around us will take note of the light.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Your light must shine before people in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-17, NASB)

So often we want to see far off into the distance, and the future. We want to know and see what the days ahead will hold. Much the way, the flashlight showed us where to take our next step, we must also trust God each step of the way.

Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my
(Psalm 119:105, NASB)

We had enough light to continue our walk safely. We could be seen by cars as well as where we were stepping.

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12, NASB)

May our prayer be simple:
“Lord, make us a beacon of light in darkest times.”

In these days of so much division and debate, we need to make our homes a safe place, a place where others are loved. Laura Thomas encourages us to have homes (and lives) which represent the heart of Christ. You can read her post In her post, What Make A House A Home? HERE.


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