Let Your Light Shine for Other Parents

matthew 5 16On Sunday, a 19-year-old mother threw her 1-year-old son from a 52-foot Allenton, Pennsylvania bridge and then jumped off herself.

Witnesses alerted police who were able to rescue the baby and the mother from the Lehigh River. Both are in serious condition but expected to survive. The mother has been charged with attempted homicide and other serious charges.

Reflection of the Week:

What if one encouraging word could have stopped this mother from committing this heinous act? What if another mother taking care of her baby for just a few hours could have given her some time to rethink? What if she only needed a wiser, more experienced parent to listen to her hurts and guide her to hope? What if…

We may never know the “what ifs” concerning this story, but what we do know is that this mother is in a place of spiritual darkness. And she is not alone. Parenting is a major responsibility with moments of stress and struggle. The responsibility of parenting can be especially difficult for new parents.

Christ is the Light that removes darkness. Our actions and words represent The Light. While we aren’t perfect and have struggles of our own, even on its dimmest days, our light may be enough to give hope to a parent in total darkness.

Let your light shine!

Scripture of the Week:

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16 (KJV)


May my light be a source of strength and hope to parents facing darkness, in Christ Jesus’ name, Amen.


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  1. This is so sad. I believe we really need to show some love to mothers whether we know them or not. Our neighbours, co-workers, passers-by, in the stores…
    We need to take a moment or two to smile, converse with them or even say a prayer for them and with them. Parenting is very challenging and draining, especially for the unsaved.

    • Angel Thompson Angel Thompson says:

      I agree, Ugochi. One moment can make a difference. Thank you for mentioning that we should pray with them. Prayer is powerful and life-changing.

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