Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'Light Unto My Path' ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'Light Unto My Path' ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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I used to watch a puppet production of "Hansel and Gretel" as a child. It was a musical, and I particularly enjoyed the scene where the witch catches Hansel and Gretel eating from her house made of cake and candy. The children are lost in the forest because the bread crumbs they've left to guide them home were eaten by the birds.

The witch sings something like, "Nibble, nibble, mousekin, Who's nibbling at my housekin?" Another favorite part of the story is when Hansel and Gretel are afraid to go to sleep in the woods and angels sing them a sweet song about watching over them.

In the past several years, angels, particularly guardian angels, have appeared everywhere. We now have angel pins, books on angels, even bumper stickers and a television show on angels.

But I don't think they will ever totally wear out their welcome. We all yearn for a guiding light to illumine our footsteps. And angels point the way on our spiritual pathways.

The Bible says, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Ps. 119:105). It's easy just to think this statement is an old-fashioned Bible verse, not relevant to us and our need for guidance. But a gospel song made that verse such a catchy phrase that I found myself actually singing it along with the recording of the song. So I began to consider more deeply its message. God's word is a lamp unto my feet, and that word is a light guiding me in every step I take.

At the same time, though, I was standing still in the valley of indecision, and guess what? I still felt in the dark about whether to look for another job or buy a different car, or even if it was the right thing for me to go to a certain social function, really in any of my many decisions, big or small. And the clouds didn't part, a voice didn't thunder with authority, there was nada, nothing. I was like Hansel and Gretel, looking at a forest with no bread crumbs to guide me home.

Then one day I was early for my exercise class at the gym. …

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