I remember, as a child, my grandmother always turned her porch light on at night. She never forgot to turn it on; every night around the same time, you could set your clock by her.
When I was in my very early teens she would say "I’m going to take a nap, and whatever you do, don’t forget to turn the light on at such-n-such time." — It’s ironic, I can’t quite remember the time she would say to turn it on — but needless to say, I would always forget.
She would rise from her nap, check to see if I had turned on the porch light — probably knowing that I had not done it, but still hoping that this might be the day I remembered — she would scold me for not doing it; and then remind me again of why it was so very important.
She would always say "It’s very dark outside and people need to be able to see where they are walking when they are trying to get to our house, you don’t realize how dark it is outside because you are inside where the light is, and besides, our neighbors don’t turn their lights on at night, we are the only ones with a light on, so everybody is depending on us to turn our light on."
My grandmother was a very wise and caring woman. I thought about her acts of kindness as I was watching the television this week, they were speaking of the funerals of some of the Newtown shooting victims.
My heart dropped as I thought of the senseless killing of so many beautiful little angels, and the wonderful teachers and counselors that sacrificed their lives to protect these beautiful babies.
Ms. Victoria Soto, a 27-year-old teacher, died literally covering the little children with her own body to protect them. Many said of her "She was always a light for others, and we are not surprised by her loving and protecting actions." One gentleman at her funeral said that he didn’t know if he could have been as brave as she was.
Ms. Soto had the opportunity to keep her light shining or to turn it off. I commend her because she chose to keep her light on because others needed her to shine.
We must always keep our lights on so that others can find their way through the darkness to the light.
That great light is Jesus shining in us, like my grandmother said "You don’t realize how dark it is outside, because you live in the light."
Remember to keep your light on and lead others to Christ, they are depending on you.
"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life," John 8:12 (KJV).