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KAMIAH — Whistling in the dark may be comforting but it isn’t much of a defense. I have been alone in the dark several times. Walking out of the woods without moonlight or a flashlight can be a little intimidating. Is something following you? Is some danger waiting around the next corner for you? Are you headed the right direction? Will everything turn out all right? We have many questions and fears in times like this.

In John 12:35 Jesus tells us to “walk in the light so the darkness will not overtake us. Those who walk in the darkness don’t know where they are going.”

Too many times we go through life just whistling in the dark, hoping everything turns out okay. We don’t have to live like that! There is light for us to walk in. There are resources for us to engage. Three important sources of light for us are Jesus, the Bible and other believers. Jesus is real, present, loving and willing to walk with us and shine the light on our path so we know where we are going and we know what results we will be getting. The Bible is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. It is full of great instruction, full of wisdom that stands the test of time even if our current culture tries to minimize its value. We are called to walk out our life in authentic relationships with other believers and let the light of God and His Word shine through us to the benefit of all those around us. We don’t have to walk in the dark. We don’t have to hope things will turn out all right. We can walk in the light and stay in front of danger. There is an enemy out there, but we have resources and we can experience the abundant life Jesus came to give us.

Kelly Lineberry is pastor of The Life Center, located between Kamiah and Kooskia on 4432 Highway 12 (mm 69.5).


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