October 3, 2020: In The Light - Jack Brisendine

Updated: Oct 6, 2020

I would like to relate a story about a boy of light. He grew into an adult putting focus on the artistic glowing light he saw in our world.

As a child, Thomas was what we call, a latchkey kid. A latchkey child is someone who is unsupervised and alone for a period of the day, usually after school. These kids have a house key, usually come home after school, let themselves into their house, and expect a parent home in a few hours. He grew up in Placerville, California. He was raised by his mother who would be working when Thomas came home from school each day.

Coming home to an empty house played on him. His life was impacted by not having warm lights in his house, and by being alone in the evening. During the evening he observed warm lights coming from other homes. He could visualize families having a family meal, laughing, and sharing their days experiences with each other. Somewhere along the way, he begins to internalize and identify with warm pastel glowing lights, and probably, the lost opportunity for a “normal” family life. He was fascinated by the glowing warm colors of light from windows, reflections in the snow, rain-soaked streets, and the day’s last rays of sunshine. Thomas went to University and studied art. He had a couple of adult mentors along the way who helped him purpose his passion, and become who we know as “The Painter of Light”. Thomas Kinkade was quite successful purposing his observations of light. If you see any of his pictures, look for the small painted in quote from the bible, “John 3:16”. My wife and I feel fortunate to have a Canvas Print of his titled, Beyond Spring Garden.

God is the light unto the world. Thomas realized this. I have accepted God as my light. Walking outside the light (Jesus-Holy Spirit), we flounder in darkness. Without God’s Light, we are confounded and unable to fully understand the things of God as it relates to us as individuals. We are as sheep wandering aimless without a shepherd. To receive God’s Light and saving grace, we need only to accept God by Faith.

The Bible Says:

"4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:4-5 (NIV)

"35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.” Luke 11:35-36 (NIV)

"9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." John 1:9-12 (NIV)

"12 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)

Just as strongly as Thomas Kinkade expressed the importance of light in his life, we each should strive to be filled with the true Light of the world, Jesus. Amen

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