I choose presence over the light

It’s the end of 2008 and I always remember this quote at the end of a year: “If you look back at a year, and it doesn’t bring you tears of either joy or sadness, consider it wasted.” Looking back at 2008, it was certainly not a wasted one for me…

I think through all that has happened in 2008, and the one thing that stands out is the presence of God in every circumstance that transpired throughout the year. In the storm and in the fields; in the desert and in the rain, I know that the Lord was always by my side. He doesn’t promise a life that is free of troubles, but He promises: “I am with you.”


A story is told of a little boy who was afraid of the dark and when it came to sleeping time, he would need to have a small bedside lamp switched on.  One night, the lamp did not work, and in his panic, he called out for his father. His dad rushed in and saw his son sitting in the darkness. He was about to get another lamp when he asked: “Son, I’ll let you choose between having light in your room and dad leaves the room; or having dad in the room but without light.” The son answered without hesitation: “I choose you.”

For 2009, I choose you, Lord.


~ by irwin on December 31, 2008.

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