Editorial[b]Margaret Brown[/b]Margaret Brown

Blessings to all our Readers!

As I sit down to write this editorial the light is fading outdoors, even though it is only the middle of the afternoon. It is not necessary to switch on the electric light just yet, so I have lit three candles to brighten up the room and make it cheery; and because the candles are scented there will be a nice fragrance too.
Here in Scotland winter days can be dull and dark, as I’m sure they are for most of our readers. We long for the lighter, warmer days of summer. The candles are glowing, shedding their light and the flames are tall and straight – no flickering. I am cheered already.

You will have noticed the lighthouse on the front cover of this edition of News & Views. Here most, if not all, of our lighthouses have been decommissioned. They have become redundant due to the advanced technology now in electronic navigation systems, but they still stand as a reminder of the usefulness they once had. How valuable these edifices were in steering ships away from danger, giving light and safety to all shipping. Many owe their lives to the strong beam of the lighthouse, shining out from the coast guiding their vessels safely through the rocks into the security of the harbour. In the darkest of nights when the storms were raging, the sea breakers high and the ships tossed to and fro, the brilliant beam of the lighthouse was what the sailors and fishermen looked for. As a young child, living across the road from the seashore in a fishing community in the northeast of Scotland, I was only too well aware of the dangers of the sea and the lives it claimed. How important then, for the lighthouse to be in good working order, the glass kept spotlessly clean so the light could be clearly seen a long way from the shoreline.
Those of us who know the Lord Jesus have His light within us, for He said, ‘I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’ (John 8:12). You do not need me to tell you that we live in a dark and threatening world with many dangerous ‘rocks’ on which we could flounder and be wrecked. How important to stay close to our Source of light, Jesus Himself. We are to be like lighthouses, shining in the darkness, warning people to steer clear of the ‘rocks’. ‘For God, Who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ’ (2 Corinthians 4:6).

In this issue you can read of a number of God’s people who are shining like light-houses for His glory as they reach out to help in Jesus’ name. May I commend to you the Vilande Church Baby School Project and may I also suggest that those of you who are looking for a specific project to support, consider giving to this Baby School to enable Inta and her team of teachers to continue this work and to give light to the mothers still in darkness, as the school seeks to begin caring for children with special needs. I know you will pray, but finance is also required. Opportunities to help and support are not always given to us, so we must take the opportunity when it is presented.

‘Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven’ (Matthew 5:16). Let us be careful to live tall, straight, and transparent so Jesus’ light can shine through us constantly – no flickering, but burning brightly using our abilities, resources and gifts to bring light and hope to others and glory to God.

May the Lord bless you, in every effort, and you shine for Him and may many be drawn to the Light as you shine.

Margaret Brown