Life can be a very dark path, frightenly uncharted. Inching through life often finds us hesitating in dark places, afraid to take even one step into an unknown future. The darkness can be daunting. Still, for me light has at times eased the darkness, and with even a tiny ray of light, I was able to move forward.
Brother Curtis Almquist writes of the grace-filled presence of beacons of light.
There have been people in our past who have been beacons of light, and whose life still shines into the present . . . and we remember them because they help us find our way and know our place in life, which is otherwise so terribly uncharted.
– Brother Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
How fondly I remember and give thanks for the people who were beacons of light for me.
Yiayia, my beloved grandmother, who was my faithful and loving protector and whose energy nurtured me.
Thea Koula, my favorite aunt, who was like a mother to me and who brought joy and lightheartedness to my life.
Ethel, my forever friend, who was a constant beacon of light, always helping me find my way.
In the darkness, the light of faith endured and made the journey possible. Most certainly, the people in my life strengthened my faith and were for me a welcomed light for a dark path. And yes, I stumbled over more than a few nasty obstacles and rough spots. But even when I languished in the darkness of an uncharted path, my faith was enough. My faith was my brightest light.
I will be forever grateful for the beacons of light that helped guide me on the journey and for the enduring, constant presence of a faithful God.
The Lord will guide you always;
will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
– Isaiah 58:11 NIV