“Why is she not dressing up like the rest of the bride maids?” asked the father clearly infuriated by the whole plan. This was why they did not tell him; they knew he would not take the news so well. No father takes such news with open arms, they are always in denial. Suzzie, the only girl and apple of her father’s eye had become pregnant at the age of twenty-two. Her father was beyond angry, in fact, he left them for a fortnight just to go and cool off. He went away to his “cave” and left them.

However petty it might look right now, we have to accept that it actually was dark then when we all we could do is try to find the power switch

In as much everyone was disappointed with Suzzie, no one was more hurt by the whole issue than herself. She was the one that had to deal with the giggles and whispers at church, the cold eyes that were now looking at her every time she remained behind for youth meetings. The sneers that they gave her were nothing compared to the hate she had developed for herself. She wanted to die, this was the darkest time in her life as she told me. Thirteen years later, this particular time still is her worst; the time she got to see people for who they really are, the time she got to know what grace really is.

The only way to get rid of darkness is to introduce light, which is relative to each one of us.

Suzzie may be a familiar story right now to the thousands of teenagers that are pregnant in our country Kenya, or even to the young lady in her twenties with full of dreams ahead and pregnancy to slow those dreams down. For a man, it could be trying to land that job so as to make ends meet. It could be making attempts to move on from a breakup or a heartbreak.  The bottom line is we all have had our fair share of darkness. However petty it might look right now, we have to accept that it actually was dark then when we all we could do is try to find the power switch.

It starts with a little spark

The only way to get rid of darkness is to introduce light, which is relative to each one of us. For some, this would mean changing our perspective while for others it will mean that they have to forgive themselves and go towards the light who is Christ. For some, it would be to let go and let God, and for others, well, it would mean getting up from your prayer closet and taking action.

Like a ship lost at sea with its own hope being a lighthouse, we believe you can find your way back to the lighthouse. And your way back begins an ignition of a little spark from within…HOPE. Look up dear child for there is hope, hope “for a tree that has been cut down; it can come back to life and sprout.” Let’s begin making steps towards bringing back clarity and peace. Let’s bring back hope…not only for ourselves but to others. We’ll light our candles and light the world, for there is hope at the end of the tunnel.

Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never live in darkness. They will have the light that gives life.’ -JOHN 8:12 (ERV)

WE WILL BE THE LIGHT.

Credits: Photo by Ahmed Hasan on Unsplash

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