Blog: Beacon of hope

Astronomers estimate that each day, approximately 275 million stars in the universe are born and die. Our galaxy alone has up to 400 billion stars. But our galaxy isn't the only one in the universe — there are some 2 trillion galaxies, which lead us to believe that the universe has more stars than there are grains of sand on the earth. We, of course, have to be content with owning just one star — our sun.

Our sun sits at the perfect distance from the earth (about 93 million miles) to give us a toasty existence without frying us with its core temperature of 27 million F. Depending on where you live and the month of the year, the sun lights up the sky for at least part of the day. When the sun turns its back on us at night, countless candles, lights and lamps illumine our homes, sometimes using the solar energy we borrowed from the sun.

The sun and the lamps fulfill each other's purpose. The sun is the source; the lamps continue to distribute light when the sun is busy elsewhere.

None of us is the sun. But we all can be lamps. That's what the world needs — countless lamps, so the night will never be dark.

When life is driven by this purpose, it can help you come out of your darkness. Though it's not as bright as the sun, your humble light can still inspire hope so that others can make it through the dark, keeping their eyes open, as you do, waiting for the sunrise, which always happens no matter how dark the night may have been. Like the sun and the lamps, you can be a beacon of hope for others, just as others can serve as a light of hope for you.