This may sound strange (and it may worry my neighbors a bit!) but sometimes it comforts me in the early morning darkness when I look out of my windows and see other houses with lights on. Like mine, there are usually only one or two windows lit from within…and I feel a sense of solidarity with whoever it is in that house. Because they, like me, are up and preparing for whatever is on that day’s schedule. I am glad to know that I am not the only one reaching for a cup of something hot to drink and I am not the only one taking the first steps of a new day. (Also, I’m probably not the only one wondering why it’s legal to wake up before the sunrise. ;))
The early-morning lights make me think of the late-at-night lights. Isn’t it wonderful to arrive after nightfall at your own home or a loved one’s home to find that someone left the porch light on for you? Someone has thought of you and made your path clear. They left a beacon to guide you home. That porch light or that lamp-lit window says you are not alone and here is refuge from the darkness…come in.
I’m reminded of one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season– arriving at my parents’ house after it is dark. After hours of driving through the night, I love to spot their house. The entire yard is lit with twinkling lights and the house is lamp-lit and glowing from within.
It means welcome and it means find your rest here…we are waiting for you.
And maybe it sounds funny and maybe I don’t know exactly what this will look like, but I want to keep the light on for you.
Because sometimes it feels like darkness surrounds us. Sometimes it feels like the night is going to last always. Sometimes we feel hopeless. Sometimes we are just tired.
I want you to come here throughout the month of October to find my ‘porch-light’ on, the windows blazing with light…so that you will know that you are not the only one facing the day. So that, late at night (or in the middle of the day!), you will remember that you are not alone in this journey.
I want to hold up the “Lamp for our feet and the Light for our path”, which is God’s Word. I want to remind you of our Hope that never fails, the Rest for our hearts — Jesus Christ. He says to us – you are not alone. Here is refuge. Come in. Find your rest. I am waiting for you.
He is the light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not, can not, and will not ever overcome Him. (John 1)
It is time for us to turn on the porch light – the lamps – every light in the house! – so that the Father will be known.
It is time to encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ with truth and hope. It is time to take heart in the face of our trouble – because Jesus has overcome the world…it is time to proclaim and live in confidence that darkness and night will one day be no more! (Rev.22)
If you are a fellow blogger, facebook-er, or twitter-er…will you consider joining me and turning your own ‘porch-light’ on? Can we let the love and light of Jesus – in whom there is no darkness – flood our houses, our yards, our entire lives? Can we make October hope-full? I’d love it if you could share a verse, a prayer, a song on your own social media ‘porch’ or on the So Beloved facebook page throughout the month. Feel free to share links to your thoughts in the comments here…and to use the porch-light graphic to share the idea. Let’s take the hope we share on-line and live it out in our every day world.
It’s time to leave our lights on.