Light of Life

By Elaine Russell

August 1, 2018

In preparation for some training I’m going to be attending, I’m writing a paper that centers on a traumatic event in my life. I’m always aware of the emotional toll it takes when asked to focus on something like this. It’s difficult to look at the cost of my sin, where others have sinned against me, and what it’s cost me and those around me. I know this is all part of the process of delving into dark places. I’ve done a lot of delving during the past six years of my healing journey! So I appreciated the Lord stepping into this at church last Sunday.

My oldest sister died as an infant in 1954, six years before I was born. My paper is titled The Shadowland and deals with the realization that my life was lived in the shadow of her death. At church last week we sang a song about Christ being our living hope. As we sang, Jesus reminded me of all the times that there was His light shining during those shadow moments. The Lord brought to mind that for there to be shadows, there has to be light. 

When Jesus spoke again to the people, 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, NIV

Bam! Jesus is the light of life and present in all circumstances. Our enemy works to distort the light, creating shadows and lies and distortions, but the light never goes away. It’s constant. The shadows can’t overtake the light. There’s no ultimate power in shadows. Light, THE Light, always wins. My heart was blessed by this truth. Each day I find new strength to press into areas that are shadowy, both for myself and for others. May Jesus be praised, the Light of life, the joy of my salvation.

Elaine is a caregiver, group leader, and a member of the Transformational Healing Leadership Team at Heritage Christian Church in Westerville, Ohio. She is also a mother to three children and grandmother to six energetic grandchildren.





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Any way I can access a copy of your paper? My mother was born after her parents lost a toddler and Grandma’s grieving affected my mother deeply. Would like to read your story in order to understand more about this.
Janet Elliott at 10:18am EDT - August 1, 2018
Elaine thank you for this powerful part in your story. I recently experienced a redeeming of a large wound in my life. God was there in the trauma of years ago and He is certainly with me now. No shame, I'm free from that particular trauma in my self care now. Glory to Jesus, and Healing Care for enabling me to know how to process this closure. :)
Heather Payne at 11:32am EDT - August 1, 2018

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