Carry the Light Together


Helen Burns -Be the Light3

I have such fond memories of the Winter Olympics, which were hosted in my city of Vancouver, Canada in 2010. Our city and nation were alive with hope and expectation and the outcome in terms of Olympic medals did not disappoint. As Canadians, we relished in the storybook ending on that very last day of the Olympics when Canada won gold against the Americans in the last event, Men’s Hockey.

When Sidney Crosby scored the victory goal in overtime, we secured the final medal needed to give us first place, and our national anthem ‘O Canada’ was played and sung a final time. But it wasn’t just heard in the arena—it was heard in city centers, in bars, in homes and on the streets across our land as we sang our lungs out with pride and joy in celebration over this historic victory. My voice was just one that resonated with millions of others, amplifying the shout of victory that day.

There is such wonder in bringing our voices together in proclamation and declaration, but there is a cause that far surpasses a victory won for national pride or fame. We, as followers of Jesus, know that there is a time coming when we will stand together for eternity worshipping our Lord and Saviour Jesus.

Revelation 19:5-7, the scripture that describes that moment, creates a holy awe inside of me, awakening my heart to the glory of what we will experience together on that magnificent day.

Give praise to our God, all of you, God’s servants, all who reverence Him, small and great. And I heard what seemed to be an immense crowd speaking with one voice—it was like the sound of a roaring waterfall, like the sound of clashing thunder.

Praise the Lord! For the Lord our God, the All Powerful, reigns supreme. Now is the time for joy and happiness. He deserves all the glory we can give Him. For the wedding feast has begun; the marriage of the Lamb to His bride has commenced, and His bride has prepared herself for this glorious day.’ (Revelation 19:5-7, The Voice)

How do we practically live this out and experience this in the meantime?

I know that for me it all begins from a place of looking up and looking further than where I am standing at this very moment. I tend to feel overwhelmed and look at my own needs, wants and desires rather than looking beyond myself and toward others. I know I find strength and joy when I make a choice to lean into God’s heart, which always causes me to lean towards others. When I lean in to God, my heart begins to pulsate and resonate with God’s heart, along with the beautiful hearts of others. This is where this miracle awaits us all.

If you find any comfort from being in the Anointed, if His love brings you some encouragement, if you experience true companionship with the Spirit, if His tenderness and mercy fill your heart; then, brothers and sisters, here is one thing that would complete my joy—come together as one in mind and spirit and purpose, sharing in the same love.  Don’t let selfishness and prideful agendas take over. Embrace true humility, and lift your heads to extend love to others.  Get beyond yourselves and protecting your own interests; be sincere, and secure your neighbours’ interests first. (Phillipians 2:1-4, The Voice)

When we bring our collective strength together we show wonder to a world lost in darkness. Your light and my light shining alongside each other will create hope and dispel the darkness in this world that continually threatens to overwhelm us.

I have shared some glorious moments with a company of sisters in recent years that have given me a foretaste of what Heaven may be like. I can vividly recall the first time I spoke out loud the powerful SheLoves manifesto penned fresh from the heart of our leader, Idelette McVicker. Hundreds of us had gathered at my women’s conference, and in an unforgettable moment, we all joined our hands and began the powerful declaration of, ‘Let us Be Women Who Love.’ I still get shivers thinking about it now.

Several weeks ago I hosted another conference and the theme I had put over our gathering was ‘Be the Light.’ I opened the conference by sharing a story of a young boy that had wandered from his home on the prairies into a wheat field where he became lost. His family and neighbors had searched frantically, but he was so small and the wheat was so tall that they searched into the darkness of the night but couldn’t find him. Early in the morning, as daylight was breaking the entire community gathered and joined hands as they walked in a sweeping movement across the fields only to discover the lifeless body of that little boy. The night had been too cold and claimed his life. In his grief, his father said, “If only we had joined hands sooner, perhaps my son would still be alive.”

Together at the conference, we focused on the great need surrounding us, of hurting humanity in a world in desperate need of our coming together for such a time as this.

The song that became the anthem of our gathering was ‘Let There Be Light.’ At the close of the conference we handed a gift to each woman of a small lantern representing the Light they each carry into their respective worlds. We sang this song one last time with such a passionate and purposeful resolve. The bridge of the song had become a shout, no longer a whisper as our hearts resonated with hope and holy conviction.

I pray that we will find our hands joined together and our hearts knitted together in love as we carry the Light, creating a pathway of hope towards Home, found in the love of our Saviour. May we find a holy fire resonating in our hearts as we direct our hearts toward the eternal matters of Heaven, turning our gaze upon Him.