At 5:16 pm on November 9, 1965, a relay was tripped at the Sir Adam Beck Power Station on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. By 5:27 pm New York City was without power. An estimated 8,000 people were trapped in the subways. Traffic lights went out and brought traffic to a screeching halt. 250 flights into JFK Airport were diverted. The entire Northeast Power Grid had gone down. The blackout covered 80,000 square miles and over 25 million people were without power. It was dubbed “the day when the lights went out,” and it all happened because of a single relay!
Paul wrote that “…none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone” (Romans 14:7). A single life, even a single action, or a single word, can have a great impact on others around us. The day may become a little darker or brighter because of what we say or do. We are indeed instructed to “walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8). There has never been, nor will there ever be a life with greater impact than the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is indeed the "Light of the world" (John8:12). Darkness is the absence of light. When truth and righteousness are missing then darkness prevails. Removing the ancient landmarks across our land, of faith, truth, morality, justice, and the Bible itself, is a sure way bring darkness. Sadly, perhaps those who follow us will someday look at decisions made by previous generations and say, that's the generation that the lights went out. But it doesn't have to be so, we still have with us the source of all true light. We can read it and obey it. Have you?
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