Do you sometimes feel like you are on a runaway train rapidly heading down a steep hill? At one time or another, each of us has felt frightened at the loss of control over our lives. Finding the Light is a simple, straightforward book which gives you the power to slow the train and follow a safe course, complete with beautiful scenery, where you can feel relaxed in the arms of Jesus.
However, don’t be too content. God didn’t intend for us to simply sit back and enjoy the love we feel. If our prayer life is authentic, it will lead us to share His compassion and peace with others. This sharing'”in whatever way we are led to do it'”requires prayer and reflection. We need to be ready spiritually to know when and how to step in and offer love. We need to be aware of the Holy Light of Jesus within us. Only then can we see the goodness and light in others.
Let’s take a serious look at who we are; not of the roles we play and the tasks we complete, but of our inner selves. This honest reflection may be difficult. We may discover unflattering or embarrassing things about ourselves. This is why I ask that we look at ourselves honestly, but with love and not judgment. We need to think about what we truly desire from life. Then, we need to find the source of what we desire in order to discover how to live a joyful and faith-filled life.
At the beginning of each chapter, I provide a prayer, which will help you center with a prayerful mindset and open heart, before delving into the chapter, itself. Then, I will present some thoughts on our culture and help you realize that Jesus'”not the world'”is our source of love and life. Next, the chapter will include an activity which complements the proceeding thoughts. These will include suggestions on how you can put into practice the focus of the chapter. I will end each chapter with a prayer or poem. This will again remind us that Jesus is the center of our being. At the end of the book, I offer reflection questions and prayers which you will find helpful in searching your heart. The prayers will focus on various emotions we feel and how Jesus is with us. You will find blank pages in the back of this book for your personal reflections and notes.
I am writing this book as your fellow traveler on this journey called life. I am not a theologian, however through much training and counseling, I have learned much about myself and others. I have received spiritual direction for a number of years, and have completed four years of lay ministry courses. I am fortunate to have been involved in many service ministries, including the facilitation of spiritual retreats, where I have had the pleasure of learning from the wonderful people who have attended. I currently work with adults who have severe mental illness, and I have been doing this for over twenty-five years.
I offer this book to you in the spirit of much love. I know life is stressful, and this is my way of offering support and shining on you the wonderful Light of Jesus. As the Bible says in John 14:6, He is the Way, the Truth and the Life! Each one who reads this book will be in my prayers. My prayer is that you will experience the holy wonderful light within yourself: the Eternal Light of Jesus!
Peace be with you.