It’s that time of year again, the days are getting shorter, the night draws in earlier and everywhere feels grey. Along with the festivals that come with this season, everything can feel a little dark. This can often reflect our society, we hear of tragedies in the news and see negative behaviours from people. Sometimes it can seem like there is little hope in a world that feels so dark. However, in the very beginning, God created light (Genesis 1v3), in Him there is no darkness, and the darkness cannot extinguish the light (John 1v5).
On our mantlepiece there is a candle that says, ‘Into the darkness she took her light’, and it always amazes me how the flame from a single candle can cause an entire room to light up. In the same way, we want to inspire young people to allow their light to shine in their worlds, to equip and empower them to cultivate hope.
The sky on bonfire night flashes with beautiful colours caused by light. However, if these same fireworks were set off in the day time, the impact would not be as great. It is because of the darkness of the night that the lights shine so brightly. For young people, we don’t want to remove them from the world, but encourage them to stand out with their own light.
As we enter the winter season, let’s ignite our own lights and not allow them to be extinguished by the darkness of the world, but instead let them shine. The impact of many candles is always greater than one, but each individual is important. This is why we are passionate about the ‘one’, showing that each young person is valuable and important, and taking the time to let them know this.
Thank you for taking the time to read!