Leave the light on Daddy! Please leave the light on!

Bedtime prayers

The bedtime story had been read, the prayers had been prayed, and her parents turned to leave the room… “Mommy… Daddy… Please leave the light on in the hallway, OK?!” she pleaded with them. And as her parents turned down the hallway to their room, if the truth were known, there is a sense in which their fears about tomorrow… about the future… about the things they were facing were really no different than their child’s…

I thought of that this morning as I read these words from Psalm 27 this morning…

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

The Psalm goes on to describe the things that can bring fear and dread to the human heart, but reaffirms… “He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble; He will conceal me under the cover of His tent; He will lift me high upon a rock! And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord. Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, ‘Seek my face!’ My heart says to You, ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek!’ … I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord! Be strong, and let your heart take courage! Wait for the Lord!” (From Psalm 27)

Leave the light on Daddy! Please leave the light on!

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