There is always light

The National Youth Poet Laureate who spoke at the 2021 United States presidential inauguration ended her poem with powerful words that quickly lit up social media feeds: “. . . there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. / If only we’re brave enough to be it” (Amanda Gorman, “The Hill We Climb”).

The need for moral and spiritual light in the world today is clear. Events around the globe argue that there’s more darkness, uncertainty, and chaos than light—from political division to struggling economies to autocratic force threatening democratic ideals. Yet, we can each commit to being a light in the world that shines and helps bring healing to these and other difficulties. Jesus encouraged this in his Sermon on the Mount when he said: “You are the light of the world. . . . Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14, 16, New King James Version).

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