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Be a light in dark places
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“You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.”
—Matthew 5:14-48
(Common English Bible)

Have you ever walked around in the dark? A couple of weeks ago, our church youth held a lock-in where we played a version of hide and seek in the dark. Even though the church itself is very familiar, in the dark the church seemed like a different place, full of shadows and dark halls. I found myself having to take extra care to make sure that I didn’t fall in places that I usually walk with ease.

Not long ago, I was walking along at night without a flashlight in a wooded area with a group of friends. Afraid I would stumble over roots. I found myself walking closer to those with flashlights so that even the edges of their light helped me see tree roots and fallen branches. I was thankful for those with a flashlight on that moonless night.

Sometimes in life we go through dark places. We find that doing even normal daily tasks seems more difficult and takes more time when we are in a dark place emotionally, physically or spiritually. We may find ourselves gravitating toward people who offer us hope and light in the midst of our darkness. And at other times, we may find that people going through tough times come nearer to us for hope and inspiration. Jesus taught that we are a light to the dark world as we live for God. We provide light to others in our family, in our workplace, and in the world around us who have difficulty maneuvering hard times. Those who walk through dark places in life (sickness, grief and loss, depression, loneliness, addiction) need the hope and light that you can bring.

How are you sharing the light of Christ with others in their dark places?

Rev. Jan McCoy is the Associate Pastor of Covington First United Methodist Church in downtown Covington. She may be reached at or at