A light in the darkness

Can you take another nighttime blog?
This one follows a more serious route.
Last week I awoke out of a deep sleep to total darkness. The clock radio was black, and the nightlight in the hallway wasn’t working. Except for a few stars twinkling in the sky, it was completely dark and silent.
Then, The Outdoors Guy woke up, too. We both got up, half stumbling over each other. I felt my way to my cell phone and switched it on. The time was 4 a.m. Then, I turned on its flashlight. That one little light made all the difference. Now I could see to flick on a couple of LED candles.
We checked two of our neighbors’ yard lights that are normally on overnight, but there was no sign of light coming from them or any of our other neighbors.
Bob grabbed his cell and called XCel Energy. A recording told us the outage covered a large area. It was expected to be restored by 7:30 a.m.
Still groggy, we decided to get more shut-eye. The next problem came when he fell asleep like a switch had been flipped. Not me. My brain went into overdrive!
The darkness enveloped me. The silence was spooky. I imagined things I normally don’t…. and didn’t want to be thinking about: What would it be like to be lost with no hope…or lose one’s way in the woods or a mountainous terrain. Yikes! Worse yet, what would it be like to lose one’s way on the path to heaven and stumble into the darkness of hell.
This is Holy Week and Sunday is Easter. So naturally, my thoughts turned to another kind of light. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12.
What confounds me is when people believe in miracles, yet the greatest miracle of all - the life, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ - they deny.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6.

In other words, He is our gateway to heaven. He died the death and paid the penalty for the sins we are riddled with.
The deep darkness continued. But then, calm filled me in that early morning hour when I remembered the first verse of the hymn, “Christ Be My Leader.”
Christ be my leader by night as by day.Safe through the darkness for He is the way.
Gladly I follow, my future His care;Darkness is daylight when Jesus is there.
The flashlight on my cell lit up the room temporarily. But cell phone batteries don’t last forever. We won’t live in this world forever, either.
Yet, Jesus is the true light who, if we have faith in Him, will one day take us from this world of darkness to Himself in heaven where we will live in the eternal light FOREVER!
May you and yours have a Blessed Easter!!!!

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