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  • Writer's pictureElle Pedri

Let There Be Light

A couple of nights ago, Hero Boy came to our bedroom, sobbing.

Earlier in the evening, electricity had gone on and off in the neighborhood. As a result, the circuit breaker had tripped in the middle of the night, interrupting the supply of power to the upstairs bedrooms.

Hero Boy, who’d fallen asleep to the comforting glow of a night lamp, had awoken to obscurity. Rightfully terrified, he’d rushed to us.

My husband resolved the breaker issue and Hero Boy went back to sleep in his room.

That little nighttime episode was a reminder of how we are instinctively drawn to the light. It is comfort, it is clarity, it is a blessing.

God himself said it after He spoke the light into existence. “And God saw the light, that it was good.” (Genesis 1:4)

Without light, creation would have remained shrouded in darkness (“darkness was upon the face of the deep.” Genesis 1:2)

Light is exactly as God intended it to be, even when we take it for granted.

Sadly, there are somber times when we can’t just flip a switch and illuminate a room. Or push a button to release lifesaving warmth.

As parts of Florida are battered by hurricane Ian, let’s pray for those residents whose lives have been upended. Prayers that visible light and power will be promptly restored, that damage will be minimal, and that those stranded will be rescued.

We can also help bring God’s light to affected communities by supporting organizations providing hurricane relief such as Samaritan’s Purse or Save the Children.

Likewise, as Europeans (and probably many U.S. families) brace themselves for a cold, dark winter, let’s pray for God’s protection.

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