You are the Light
“When my husband died I had no one left. We were never able to have kids and so over the years the boundary between the two of us blurred and we became one, Part of me died that day as well. I would wake up in the morning greeted by despair and it would tuck me in at night.”
page 155, The Promise, by Darlene Gudrie Butts
Gloom is the marauder that combs our soul for cracks and seeps in uninvited. It swirls around our source of light, dimming it until the light is snuffed. It chokes us from the inside out. Once it has made its presence known, it gets comfortable and leaves a residue on every surface it touches. It is hard to break up with.
Both main female characters in The Promise, battled with gloom and its brother despair. I have as well. At some point we all had to make the decision to succumb or be victorious. Neither are easy.
So, how does one beat despair? Like any problem, the best way to beat darkness is with light. So, love is a good answer. Love is the ultimate light.
Sarah, used pies and hugs to share her light and love with those who did not have any. Each act of kindness magnified her light until she became a laser beam, eradicating all gloom and despair in her path. As her love was reflected back, it cleaned her of the residue and allowed her natural glow to shine again.
Sam used divine purpose to pull her out and away from gloom. By searching for the good in others, she found the good in herself.
For me, gratitude is my weapon of choice. Gloom has no chance against gratitude. In 2011, I made the commitment to be grateful for one thing every day. There were some days that there were more things to be grateful for than hours to count them. Counting the healthy parts of my body was a whole afternoon. As I have said before, as long as I am breathing anything, ANYTHING, is possible. Gratitude brings hope. Hope obliterates gloom.
Then there is the power of others. Reaching out to friends, family, bible study, charities, online friends, is fuel for our light. As we all know, two candles burn brighter than one. Gloom has no chance against hundreds.
Then there is the power of song. The most soothing lyrics can be found in the Psalms. But, there are so many current, uplifting songs that can shine light and hope into your heart. Old hymns, ballads, love songs, christian rock are all available in different forms. Here is a verse from my daughter Livi’s (go to www.livisong.com to hear it) song she wrote for the book trailer for The Promise which will be released this spring:
Oh, you are the light amongst the darkness
You are the rope that pulls me out when times are rough
You are the spark, makes sure everything’s okay
So if gloom has slipped into your life and darkened your light, give love, hope, and friendship a chance. Your light is missed and it is worthy of restoration. All you have to do is plug in.Let your light shine and ignite the world!
There are so many scriptures that I could have included. I had a hard time narrowing it down. I put Revelation 21:11 because it touched me so much.Oh to have a light like a precious stone.
Having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.
For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.
Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.
“No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lamp stand, that those who come in may see the light.
( I cannot read this scripture without singing “This Little Light of Mine”)
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.