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Lightening Our Dark Days, November 2023

We live in a beautiful part of the country, there is no doubt in my mind. When our days shorten in the fall, we usually do not begin to see much sun until the spring. The effect can be just about the same as going through a winter without seeing bare ground for 6 months. So there are some things that can be physically done to improve the situation

Mirrors in strategic places to reflect light coming from the windows, candles & tealights (bright LED ones for the safety-conscious), mood lights near windows, string lights placed in and outdoors, or a light therapy lamp.

But what can be done about the dark moods, grieving, sadness, stress, and overall “feeling” that God isn’t near and our prayers just don’t seem to reach through the darkness of this life and living in a world that is in turmoil? And then, I am expected to go out and give the Three Angels’ Message when I feel the way I do?!

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have heard things like…

“There are people out there that are worse off than you! Count your blessings!” Writing gratitude lists can be helpful, but this is an attempt to “slap” someone into reality… but is it the loving thing to say?  “Do something for someone! You’ll feel better!” This is good for the person that is so absorbed with themself and can offer relief; but what about the person who continually gives to and does for others to the point of exhaustion and no one reaches out to do for them? Or the person who has lost a loved one or many family members and friends have died one after the other and they cannot or do not want to get out of bed?  “Sister White says we should…” or “The Bible says we should…” can be using the Word and the timely messages of Ellen White as weapons on others. That “should” word can be shaming.  There are more… So where can you and I go to get some “light?”

Whether you are a man or a woman, toughing things out alone may be brave, but Jesus is waiting to hear from us and take our burdens and sorrows and deep discouragement. He is a trusted Friend who is available 24 hours a day.* There are times I pray alone and sometimes I call someone and we pray. This is a way that we can help each other. During times like these, this is crucial!

Someone tried to put me in “my place” in an unkind way and a very old wound was reopened. It has been painful and I have prayed about it and last evening, I went to my Bible in desperation. The entrance of Your words gives light…” Psalm 119:130 (NKJV) and they sure did! Praise the LORD that we have a trusted resource of words of wisdom and comfort and encouragement! I also called the person on the phone and we worked it out.

So, light the candles, flip the switch, plug in the lights, call a trusted friend and turn your face and heart toward Jesus. He is waiting and longing to hear from you and wants to be there every step of the way until He comes to take us home. And, above all else, know that you are loved. MB

*See Hymn #456 in the SDA hymnal

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