The Light of Hope

Have you ever been in a dim room, reaching . . . trying to find your way?

A dear friend, David, once told me the story of how he used the light from his cell phone screen to maneuver a dark room, so as not to wake his infant daughter. He said, in that moment, he was immediately wrapped up in the power of a tiny light—virtually imperceptible in the daylight—to cut through the darkness and guide his path.

This conversation came swimming back to me today as I listened to a discourse on “illumination.” Light is, in a word, hope. Yes, many of us enjoy turning down the lights to watch a movie, rest peacefully or let the lilt of music cascade into our senses. Still, consider the night lights coveted by children, candles at a wake or the first ray of sunshine after a storm. Light is the visible herald for hope.

Since light is responsible for our sense of sight, then light also contributes to our sense of hope. Moments of trial and uncertainty are often referred to as “dark times,” as we may strain to see the glow of hope in our lives. It’s there, like a lamp behind a curtain. We must choose to pull back the barrier and let the light of hope stream forth.

Like the visible, and seemingly invisible, spectrum of light in our world, hope has an array of intensities, tints and patterns. When we focus on the light, it shows us the path to hope. Such light radiates from us and between us; it warms our spirit and helps us better perceive the majesty all around us. You possess the light of hope. I hope you share it.


In closing, I invite you to be enlightened by David Butler’s understanding of light: (Oh, and his work is showcased on the cover of “The World Needs Hope.”)

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