If you have small children (or maybe not so small children), you probably have had them react to the darkness. Some kids get frightened at noises, shadows, or by allowing their imaginations to take over and dreaming of ferociously, ugly monsters under the bed.
Being afraid of the dark is on just about any list you find of a child’s biggest fear.
Lots of people have given a lot of advice as to how to help those fears.
1. Turn on a nightlight.
2. Leave the door open to a lighted hallway,.
3. Pretend to disintegrate the monsters before saying good-night.
4. Praying with the child that he won’t be frightened.
5. Assuring the child that you’re there for her … just downstairs or in the next room.
But have you thought about a child’s fear of the dark as a good opportunity to talk about heaven?
In Revelation we read:And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. (22:5)
In fact, the Bible has a lot to say about darkness starting back in Genesis.
And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1:4)
And a song of David’s found in 2 Samuel: For you are my lamp, O Lord, and my God lightens my darkness. (2 Samuel 2:29)
Again in Psalms, we read about David’s recognition of God: For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness. (Psalm 18:28)
In John, we have the familiar “I am” verses: Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
In I John 1:5, John writes about walking in the light: This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
Of course, there are many more verses about light – approximately 250. Though that differs according to the version you use.
Instead of emphasizing the darkness, we can emphasize the light of the Lord.
You could even work with your children on a picture or craft that says “I am the Light of the world,” for you kids to hang in their room.
Teaching our kids some of these verses would be a great way to comfort him/her before sleep. The Lord is our light and even though we can’t visibly see the light, He is there with your son or daughter.