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There is a third property of light. Light can show you the way. One summer as a kid I went into the woods with my cousins. One was older and one was younger. Stevie Joe was 2 years younger and Jerry was already in his teens, about 6 years older. Jerry decided to keep out after dark and then slip away leaving us alone in the pitch black woods.

Well he did. There we were, unable to see our hand in front of our faces and no one looking for us. We were terrified. Every sound became deadly; the rustle of leaves was a copperhead or water moccasin and any step, even our own echo enough that we thought we were being follow by a bear or a madman.

After we had stopped crying, we finally looked around. Off in the distance there was a faint glow of a light. We didn’t know where it was or how we would survive to get there but we started walking. Finally after what seemed like hours we came out of the edge of the woods to see our grandpa’s house.

We didn’t walk we ran to the house to find Jerry, sitting by the pot bellied stove laughing with the uncles that were there. When we told on him, with streams of tears coming down our faces, he got a whoopin. No a spanking, a good ole fashion whoopin with a stripped down tree branch he had to cut himself. Justice was done swiftly and harshly. We felt much better after that.

We would have never found our way in the dark had it not been for that ever so small light. Amazing, in the midst of all that darkness that one lamp in the window of the house led the way. The light Jesus does the same for us today. Jesus said,

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6