I knew of a young teenager traumatized by the death of a dear friend. Depression soon began. Her school work plummeted. Friendships were being ended. Soon she was waking up with a "presence" in the room. She recognized the 'ghost' of her friend. Something had to change.
Darkness had descended.
She and her mom visited a Christian counselor. He suggested two answers.
- a consistent bed time with a Tylenol pm.
- Turn the light on. Let her sleep with a small light on.
Three days after the lights were 'Turned on', changes were evident. Improved attitude. Friendships restored. Interested in school. And no 'presence' in the well-lit bedroom.
Her mother described it her daughter as "coming home."
She had been transferred from darkness to light.
When we commit ourselves to Christ and are baptized to have our sins removed, Jesus 'Turns on the Light.' By faith we can now:
- navigate life.
- see sin's reality.
- See the 'coffee table' on life's dark nights.
What changes should be noticed?
- Thank God for turning on the light -- his son (LINK TO KOHN 8:12)
- Reinstate right.
- Give up greediness.
- Cancel covetous cravings. Be satisfied with what you have.
- Strike strife. Work out the differences.
- Divert deceit. Tune-up transparency.
- Give up gossiping. Slay slander.
- Make humility happen. Arrest arrogance.
- Obey parents.
- Turn trustworthy.
- Mold mercy.
- Do not approve of others sins.