The Nightlight

“Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:5

It became pitch black as I turned out the bedroom light. “Mama” they cried in unison from their beds. My sons’ nightlight did not come on. I quickly flicked the bedroom light back on and went over to my boys and calmed their fears. They had always had some type of nightlight so that they could see their various decorations upon their shelves: books, planes, trains, and boats, to name a few. A very special picture of Jesus hung on their wall near the nightlight with a cross that glowed in the darkness. This very picture had been on the wall of their father’s room when he was a child. Many years later, my sons told me that often the picture of Jesus is what they last looked at while they fell into a peaceful sleep surrounded by God’s Word being spoken. It was our nightly routine to read a story, say our prayers, and turn on a children’s Bible story CD as we left their room.

I’ve been contemplating this routine that occurred almost every night. I knew in the beginning that the structure and consistency were invaluable. What I was not certain about was their future. I knew that as they entered their teens they would begin to gain their independence, finding their own way and seeking to understand their own beliefs. The training and teaching that they had received set the foundation for them to believe in Jesus and accept Him as their Lord and Savior. As they entered their teens, they still did their Bible studies, went to church, youth group and church camps as a routine. However, it was when they opened the Bible on their own, to study God’s promises, to seek Him wholeheartedly, that their own faith began to grow. Now, as they move forward in their lives, they will seek God for His guidance and His Light to guide their ways. And, I, their mother, will continue to pray for them to hope in Him all day long and every day of their lives.

Prayer: Father, thank You that Your guiding Light never ceases. Even in the pitch black of night and the darkest of days, You are there. Help us each day to study Your Word and to grow our faith and knowledge in You, with the purpose to shine Your Light upon those around us. In His glorious name, Jesus. Amen

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