Stand strong in the Light, even if you think no one sees

Published 1:00 pm Saturday, April 8, 2023

Hi, all. Just a thought to help start your weekend.

On just about all of our travels, I manage to find a beautiful church building to photograph. Many times, I have wandered inside open churches to see the stained glass windows, admire the architecture, or simply sit in a quiet space for a bit.

This past weekend was a busy one for us, with lots to do and places to go. I slipped out of one of those busy events to walk, alone, down a dark city sidewalk and stretch my legs. A couple of blocks away stood this beautiful church building. So, with no downtown traffic that time of night, I stood in the street and snapped a few pictures. I don’t really know why. I just like to see beautiful old churches like this one. Later, I took a similar picture of another church building a few blocks away.

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I’m quite sure both buildings were locked up. There certainly wouldn’t have been anyone inside at that time of night. But still, they stood strong and proud with the light shining all around.

Believe me, I know how hard it is some days to stand strong as a Christian. I realize that we each have those days when it seems we are hollow inside, no one is home, and we are all alone. Even then (and maybe ‘especially’ then) we should proudly display the Light shining on us from above.

Those church buildings, and any others for that matter, display the same architectural designs in the daytime. But at night, in the darkness, when no one else is around, with no hustle and bustle or busy activity, they stand in the Light for the occasional passerby.

I believe we are called to do the same. Even when we think no one else is around and we walk those streets alone, stand strong in the Light. Even if no one else sees, God surely will.

Just a thought. ’Til later.

Rev. Brad Campbell can be reached at