Author’s Corner: A Small, Single Light

Guest blog by Janet Christensen, a Little Lamb Books author

One of my little guys has never liked the dark.  In fact, if we packed up to take a weekend trip away from home without packing a nightlight, you could guarantee that we would be at the local big box store hunting one down before nightfall.

It was just the way it was. It was amazing what a small, single light could do.  For my son, it was a source of comfort, reassurance and peace.

I am not a fan of the dark either, but my issue is quite different from my son’s.  I have never been the most graceful person, despite a short-lived high school career in gymnastics.

I am a bit clumsy.  I trip on things, drop things, run into things on a fairly regular basis in broad daylight.  I am sure that you can see that adding a bit of dark to the equation can create a perfect storm for chaos to ensue.

For me, a small, single light in a dark hallway keeps me on the right path, keeps me from tripping on a stray toy or even from running into a door frame.

Oh, yes.  The struggle is real.

My dad was a rancher in western South Dakota and his work was in the pastures of rolling grassland that surrounded our home.  I grew up out in the country, miles away from street lights.  When the day came to an end and the stars began to pop out of the violet sky, the security light in front of our home would start to glow.  Its light lit the entire front of our yard and would allow us to see predators approaching or any other odd things happening out in the dark.

I remember seeing its light outside my window and feeling safe.  Comforted.  At peace.

But there were times when the bulb would burn out.  And because of its height, it was not easy to reach. Sometimes it would be weeks before the bulb would be replaced.

So night would come and there would be nothing but darkness.  Lots and lots of darkness.

It was always a relief when the bulb had been fixed and its light once again lit the area outside my window.

I just love that God sent his only Son to be a light in this dark world.

To cast out the shadows.

To illuminate the dark corners of our world.

To bring us hope.

I love that this light is always with us, guiding us and comforting us.

May His light fill your days and shine hope into your darkest nights.

Merry Christmas!