Reflections by the Sea: The Light

Published 3:53 pm Wednesday, July 12, 2023

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By Betsy Ore Glass

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

So many lighthouses nearby. They are each different but their job is the same: to cast a light in the darkness, to guide mariners to safety and to light the way in the night sky.

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This past week in church we are studying “The Light.” The little children of Vacation Bible School sang the song “This Little Light of Mine” during their weeklong gathering. Seems everywhere that I have been, people are talking about “The Light.” I even had a friend ask to pray for me encouraging me to be a light to others that are in darkness. Wow – that is definitely a confirmation of God’s message! Our prayer should be that we can cast light on the shadows of despair, sickness, loneliness and spiritual deficit in those we meet. We are all vessels of Light giving it to those that will take it and embrace it.

God’s Light is what we are talking about. In the Light can be found His wisdom, guidance and insight. To have a lamp to help us through the challenges of life is divine. It is also divine to share that Light. Also we can recognize the Light in others. Kindness and compassion are kin to the gifts of the spirit. Can we be a Light like the lighthouses where we can radiate at all times, offering safety, guidance and hope? We are all different but there is a Light within each of us that can multiply to those we encounter; I think God would be pleased if we did.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

Betsy Ore Glass has long-standing ties to the Outer Banks. From Virginia Beach, her family bought a vacation cottage in the 60s and her love of the area began. Later in the 90s, Betsy and her husband bought a weekend cottage and introduced the area to their children. Then Betsy’s parents retired to KDH where the family gathered often. Reach her at To learn more about her books, visit