Nightlights of Summer

I can still remember being a child of the southern summer, running around barefoot in my grandparents’ backyard, catching fireflies and putting them in a mason jar to watch them light up the night. We would cram so many of those little critters in there that we could sit the jar on the bedside table and have a pretty powerful nightlight.


Which was all fine and good until the morning came, and most of those poor creatures were dead.

And stinky.

But that didn’t stop us from catching them again. You know, God has created all sorts of unique and mysterious creatures. But how he thought to create a flying bug with a rear end that lights up is beyond me…

Anyway, I always had to have a nightlight growing up. There’s just something about the dark that is scary and disturbing to a child. Just one little light can provide enough illumination to chase away the fears that come in the darkness.

The first thing God created was light. “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:3-4)

God knew right off that a little light was good for the world. But He didn’t stop there with His light. “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6)

If I put a bunch of fireflies in a Quaker Oats cardboard container, I won’t see the light. And that’s how some of us are – we keep our knowledge and our love for Jesus (our light) out of sight. But that leaves others in the dark, and we know the dark can be a scary, lonely place.

Put your light in a mason jar for all to see. Light up the darkness with your faith, chasing away the fears, the doubts, the hurts of those around you.


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