Sunday 24 October 2021

A Light For My Path

On Thursday, the day after Bob's hospital visit, we went for a walk after lunch. This little path runs parallel to the main road through the village, behind the houses, and coming out near the village school. It was so beautiful to see the dappled light of the afternoon sun shining through the trees. It reminded me of that verse in Psalm 119 "Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path"

When I was 9, I started using Scripture Union Bible Notes every day. There is a short Bible passage to read, then helpful notes, questions and prayer suggestions. 

I still use the SU notes [but have moved on from the children's ones, to the more age-appropriate version] and Bob and I read them together each morning after breakfast.

Here's the tiny little SU badge I was given back in 1964. If anyone asked about it, I could explain that reading God's Word every day helped me to follow Jesus. The old oil lamp was a reminder of the Ps 119 verse.  I found the badge recently, in a tin of random bits of jewellery. 

Years ago, somebody gave my dad this oil lamp. It's a 1st century bronze Roman lamp. 

I like to think that maybe 2000 years ago, someone else read God's word by the light of this lamp. 

I'm wearing the badge again, and maybe somebody will ask me what it means. None of us can see the future, where the path will lead us - but I am grateful for the the daily light, hope and encouragement I find in reading my Bible. 


  1. What a lovely and thought provoking post for a Sunday!

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    1. I must be getting old, I thought Bible Sunday was in Advent. When did it move?

    2. It was changed some years back from the first Sunday in December to the Sunday before All Saints Day. I think it was to keep it clear for World Aids Day which is 1st December.

    3. Thanks Pauline, I knew that you would know!

  3. I had the same SU badge and don't know what happened to it. I am ten years older than you are so they kept the same design for a while!
    Just think, if I still had mine , I could have sent it and you could have had them converted into earrings. We have done that with several things.

  4. How lovely to think of the possibility that a Christian might have used the ancient lamp all that time ago! I once visited a museum of mostly Roman artifacts in Europe and was moved to see a small jewellery item with a cross on it, once owned by a brother or sister in Christ.

    1. I know it is pure fancy on my part- but nobody can prove or disprove it!

  5. It's interesting to see the role light plays in different religions. I hope your path will always be well lit.

  6. God's light is comforting. To see his hand in all that gives us life.


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