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  • Eric Kampmann

Carrying The Light

My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me.

Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. I

said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and

be at rest—I would flee far away and stay in the desert; I would

hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.”

—Psalm 55:4–8

It would be wonderful to “fly away” to be at rest “far from the tempest and storm,” for there are times when the conditions of life seem to close in, leaving little apparent room for escape.

This was the situation that King David found himself in. His friends had betrayed him, and Jerusalem was under attack on all sides. But David was favored by God, and God said to him: “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me” (Psalm 50:15).

In our own day of trouble, we should never forget that God wants us to reach out to Him. He has promised that we will be delivered, but we must not forget Him once we have landed in a safe place. For no matter what the circumstance, whether in chains or free, we are called to carry His light in our hearts and in our lives. We are called to honor God with our lives by being “blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life...” (Philippians 2:15–16).

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