This little light

Throughout the course of my life as a mother there have come to pass many moments in which I’ve seen proof of light and innocence in my children.  Within those moments, I’ve wanted nothing more than to tuck my babies quietly away, protecting that quality from the grime and tarnish with which the world would surely defile.

As a young mother, I faced the difficult reality that we wouldn’t be able to afford to send our children to the same private Lutheran school I attended as a child.  Disheartened, I took the situation to my Bible study group and asked for prayer.  To this day, I remember the encouraging words offered by the group leader.  She reminded me of a Sunday School song I knew well.  This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.  This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.  

Torri was able to attend that school for a single year.  While she was there, she won the Fruit of the Spirit award, given to a single student each year in recognition for living out love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control.  The next year–when we had to switch her to public school–I worried that all that goodness would slowly be siphoned out.  The words of my Bible study teacher came back and I leaned heavily on them as I sent her off to school.  Hide it under a bushel–NO!  I’m going to let it shine.

With the luxury of hindsight, I’m able to see that I needn’t have worried.  School–public or not–didn’t snuff Torri’s light.  In fact, I most assuredly believe that indeed the world is a better place because of her.

Here is proof.


13 Replies to “This little light”

  1. Thank you Darcie for sharing this with us. What a beautiful story. It puts everything in perspective.

    1. Thank you, Leanne. I agree about the perspective. I know it’s cliche to say that every cloud has a silver lining, but I truly believe that good can come of any situation–you just have to figure out where to start looking!

  2. This gives me such hope in our country’s future. So often we read negative stories of teenagers, but I hope that more are like your daughters.

    As a side note, it makes me sad when people are “afraid” to send their kids to public school. I believe that the light Torri and her sisters shine on others makes more difference in other students’ lives than we’ll ever know.

    1. In my defense, she was my first baby. I think we tend to be a bit more protective with the first. She’s graduating this year, having spent 2nd-12th grades in public school. Now–of course–I can see that I was a tad unrealistic, thinking that public school loosely represented evil. It’s proven to be far from that. We’ve met the most amazing teachers and staff in our years in the public school system. I have no regrets, only lessons learned :)

  3. Wow, like mother like daughter. Both of you are such eloquent writers. This brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing and how brave of Torri to share. All three of you girls are absolutely beautiful.

  4. And why shouldn’t she be an amazing light in this world, with you for a mother? You’ve done well, and she will, too.

    As a mom, I believe God sends us moments like this sometimes as encouragement to persevere. When I feel like I’m really screwing my kids up, I remember these rays of hope. I think your kiddos are all lights in this world. Praise God for that – we sure need them.

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