Inspired to Make a Difference
October 18, 2018
I have a small banner hanging in my office. It displays a picture of a lighthouse with the words of Ps. 119:105 beneath: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
That image of a light shining from an old New England lighthouse is a powerful one. A light in the darkness! A light that shows me where I am going. A light that keeps me from tripping and falling. A light that guides the ship in a storm, gives it a sense of both placement and direction, and importantly keeps it from being ripped apart by rocky coastline and hidden reefs.
I keep wondering from where that light, which humans really need, is going to come if our culture has determined in its hubris that there really is no God, and matters of religion are of just such nonsense for the elderly or the weak willed.
If the Lord does not light my path, how do I get a sense of direction or see what really matters? Is it any wonder that the numbers of the poor or homeless grow, but we don’t see them among us?
A few weeks ago, we all were immersed in a tragic drama – televised for our viewing “entertainment” – as we were forced to listen to memories of what may have been sexual criminality or inappropriate high school drunken behavior or memories of an incident that did not occur as remembered – we will never know – but I had kept asking over and over where the parents of those privileged youth had been that night. How can we hope that our youth walk that right path if there is no light to guide them?
I am looking more and more at a world that ignores its Creator, scoffs that matters religious as merely mythological, and then wonders why it is torn by violence and hate. Take away the light, you get darkness. Remove the guidance in the storm, you get a ship wreck. St. John in one of his letters has the very brief verse: “God is light.” So take away the light that guides us. And you’re surprised that all you’re left with is darkness?