A Light

in the Darkness

A collection of photos and quotes to
encourage and inspire. Volume II
Now Available!
A Photo Gift Book –
“A Light in the Darkness”
Know someone who is going through a difficult or challenging time?

Finding an effective way to offer encouragement to someone who is
going through trying circumstances can be challenging.
It is this very challenge that led me to create this 52-page full color
photo gift book entitled, “A Light in the Darkness”.

This 8.5 x 8.5 gift book is perfect bound with a glossy soft cover and
contains a collection of photos, quotes and Scripture carefully laid
out to provide a gentle message of hope and encouragement.
Each photo has a specially selected quote and or verse of Scripture
in a layout that is both soothing and easy to read.

“A Light in the Darkness” sells for $14.50 and can provide an
opportunity to show your care and concern in a very special way.
Small Pond Photos
by Jean Gibbons©

A Light
in the Darkness
A collection of photos and quotes
to encourage and inspire. Volume II

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All Scripture quotations are taken from the New International
Version and New Living Translation of the Bible.

Publisher: Small Pond Photos by Jean Gibbons©

This photo gift book is a special project to provide
encouragement and hope during difficult times.

Printed in Canada
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All photos are by Jean Gibbons©

Small Pond Photos
by Jean Gibbons©
Email:jeanhgibbons@gmail.com
Phone: 705-262-7281
www.jeanhgibbons.ca
I ntroduction:

If you consider the world around you, it doesn’t take
long to see that it can be a dark place at times. Difficult
circumstances weave themselves into our lives or into the
lives of those we know and care about. Through these times
we come to truly appreciate the moments of joy that brighten
our hearts and souls.

In the midst of these trying times perhaps like me, you also
search for words of comfort and hope if not for ourselves then
for others. That isn’t an easy task when facing challenging
issues or heartbreaking circumstances. I have found that
more often than not, it is only when I myself have experienced
some of these struggles do I gain insight that allows a greater
sensitivity to the struggles of others.

What hope can be offered within our human limitations and
frailties? When words fall short, where can the light of hope
be found that is able to penetrate the midnight of our souls?

In the following pages I hope to walk with you along paths of
darkness and light through a collection of photos, quotes and
Scripture. May you see light unfolding in the darkness; a light
that will encourage your heart and give you hope.
O ne small light, a whisper of hope.
That’s all it takes to pierce the darkest of nights and
lighten the burden of a troubled and anxious soul.

It’s what is needed in a world where so many lives
are impacted by serious illness, depression, financial
stress, broken marriages, death and shattered
dreams.
Along life’s journey
many of us
experience
some of these
unwelcome
intrusions and come
to realize
“how frail humanity
is! how short life is,
how full of trouble!”
(Job 14:1)
These are the times that come unannounced, unscheduled,
and never convenient. Any hint of complacency is shattered.

I know that at times my heart grows heavy with burdens
that tend to weigh me down; a heaviness within settling
like a dense blanket of snow over the landscape of my life.
Sometimes in our solitude, the days ahead appear as
“… a land as dark as midnight, a land of gloom and
confusion, where even the light is dark as midnight.”
(Job 10:22)

It seems to be endless.
How can my heart not break as I consider all those who
walk in the shadow of distressing circumstances. In some
situations there may be a positive resolution in sight,
a thread of hope to hang on to...

...but all too often there are no easy answers.
What words can be found to provide comfort during these
difficult times? What insights can be shared with those
struggling in the fog of doubt and discouragement?

Have you ever experienced the midnight of your soul
when there doesn’t seem to be even a glimmer of
light and life seems overwhelming?
More often than not
the turmoil and
distress may lie
hidden in our
hearts. “Laughter
can conceal a heavy
heart, but when the
laughter ends, the
grief remains.”
(Proverbs 14:13)

It’s a lonely place.

Suffering is a very
personal journey.
In Scripture, Job, a godly man endured much
suffering. He said, “I have no peace, no quietness.
I have no rest; only trouble comes.” (Job 3:26)
Feeling overwhelmed Job said, “If my misery could be
weighed and my troubles be put on the scales, they
would outweigh all the sands of the sea!” (Job 6:2,3)

Job was a man who poured out his heart before God.
Circumstances were beyond his comprehension.
At times I know that I have found myself in a similar
situation. Like Job, I too also wrestle with the hard
questions of life that unsettle our souls.

In Psalm 13:2 we read “How long must I struggle with
anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day?”
The realization comes that there seem to be more
questions than answers.
There are times when life’s trials and tribulations
seem more than I believe I can bear.

Considering the circumstances before me I wonder
what can be done to make a difference?
Consider the friends
of Job who “sat on
the ground with him
for seven days and
seven nights.
No one said a word
to Job, for they saw
that his suffering
was too great
for words.”

(Job 2:13 )
I’ve discovered that like the friends of Job, there are
times when sitting alongside in silence is best. No
words are necessary.

A comforting presence
sensitive to the distress of
another reveals a heart
that cares.
Finding the right word to say can be tough.

Without proper insight the wrong word can do
more harm than good.
When Job’s friends finally did speak, their words
were condemning, critical and discouraging. Job
didn’t need to be reminded of how hard it was to
understand his difficult circumstances.

The most important need was for friends who would
be kind and compassionate.
I too often forget that the words I speak have the power
to hurt or to heal.“Kind words are like honey, sweet to
the soul and healthy for the body.” (Proverbs 16:24)

Stopping for a moment, it’s good to carefully
consider what to say.
Though I turn to
prayer it is often when
I’ve come to the end of
my own wisdom and
strength that in true
humility I finally lift
my eyes and prayers
heavenward.
My heart can’t help but
cry out to God.

“Turn to me and have
mercy, for I am alone
and in deep distress.”
(Psalm 25:16)
It is God alone who knows every detail of any
situation. In Scripture, the Lord said, “I have
certainly seen the oppression of my people ... I have
heard their cries of distress ... I am aware of their
suffering.” (Exodus 3:7)

God sees. He hears and is deeply concerned.
He also sees our tears. In Psalm 56:8 we read “You keep
track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in
your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.” The heart of
God overflows with compassion for all his children. “For
he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy.

He has not turned his back on them, but has listened
to their cries for help.” (Psalm 22:24)
Our prayers reach beyond the boundaries of time
and circumstance. God is the only one who can truly
dispel the darkness of anxiety, pain and grief.

“For the life of every living thing is in his hand, and
the breath of every human being.” (Job 12:10)
He is the light in the darkness. God in the person of
Jesus Christ stated, “I am the light of the world.”
(John 8:12)

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness
can never extinguish it.” (John 1:5)
Through him all of us “have this light shining in our
hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars
containing this great treasure.”
(2 Corinthians 4:7)
Reaching out in compassion to those who need this
whisper of hope it is through our human frailty that his
light can shine through with greater effect.
Each and everyone of us can shed light in the darkness of
another’s life.

Sometimes that one small light can make all the
difference.

O nly as we ourselves travel through the paths
of darkness and light can we truly share
that message of hope.
As you travel the paths of darkness and light
through the following pages may you
be encouraged and in turn
be an encouragement to others.
“The hero is the one who kindles a great light in
the world; who sets up blazing torches in the dark
streets of life for men to see by.

The saint is the man who walks through the dark
paths of the world, himself a light.”
- Felix Adler
“Beautiful light is born of darkness, so the faith
that springs from conflict is often the strongest
and the best.”

- R. Turnbull

“Search for the Lord and for his strength.”
-1 Chronicles 16:11
“Tears are often the
means by which we
see God’s rainbow of
promises.”
- Anon

“Weeping may remain
for a night, but
rejoicing comes in
the morning.”
- Psalm 30:5
“Some of the greatest battles will be fought within
the silent chambers of our own soul.”
- Ezra Taft Benson

“The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of
dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.”
- Proverbs 4:18
“There is a sacredness to tears.
They are not the mark of weakness but of power.
They speak more eloquently than ten thousand
tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming
grief...
and unspeakable love.”
- Washington Irving
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry
rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset
sky.”
- Rabindranath Tagore

“Cast your cares upon him because he cares for you.”
- 1 Peter 5:7
“Your worst days are never so bad that you are
beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days
are never so good that you’re beyond the need of
God’s grace.”
- Anon

“The Lord is gracious to the humble.”
- Proverbs 3:34
“For happiness,
one needs
security,
but joy
can spring
like a flower
even
from the cliffs
of despair.”
- Anon

“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me
and he turned to me and heard my cry.”
- Psalm 40:1
“Our days on earth are like grass;
like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
The wind blows,
and we are gone…

…but the love of
the Lord remains
forever.”
– Psalm 103:15,17
“No matter how dark things seem to be or actually
are, raise your sights and see possibilities - always
see them, for they’re always there.”
- Norman Vincent Peale

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.”
- Psalm 32:8
“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day
as if nothing yet had been done.”
-C.S. Lewis

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends, his mercies
never cease; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
- Lamentations 3:22-23
“Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow
of your wings.”
– Psalm 63:7

“Sadness flies on the wings of the morning and
out of the heart of darkness comes the light.”
- Jean Giraudoux
“Look not down but up!”
- Robert Browning

“Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
so great is his unfailing love.”
- Lamentations 3:31-33
“There will come a time when you believe
everything is finished. That will be the beginning.”
- Louis L’Amour

“Though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in
darkness, the Lord will be my light.”
- Micah 7:8
“Grace comes into the soul, as the morning sun into
the world; first a dawning, then a light; and at last the
sun in his full and excellent brightness.”
- Thomas Adams

“Wait patiently for the Lord.”
- Psalm 27:14
“I believe in the sun even though it is slow in rising.
I believe in you without realizing. I believe in rain
though there are no clouds in the sky.

I believe in truth even though people lie.
I believe in God even though he is silent.” - Anon
“I am leaving you a gift - peace of mind and heart.
And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.
So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
- John 14:27

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow;
it empties today of its strength.”
- Corrie Ten Boom
“Faith... is the art of holding on to things your reason
once accepted, despite your changing moods.”
– C.S. Lewis

“May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD,
even as we put our hope in you.”
-Psalm 33:22
“If we only have the
will to walk then God
is pleased with our
stumbles.”
- C.S. Lewis

“You have made
known to me
the path of life;
you will fill me
with joy
in your presence.”
-Psalm 16:11
“Gratitude unlocks the
fullness of life.
It turns denial
into acceptance,
chaos to order,
confusion to clarity,
makes sense
of our past,
brings peace for today,
and creates
a vision
for tomorrow.”
- Melody Beattie
“Show me your love in wonderful ways... Hide me
in the shadow of your wings.”
- Psalm 17:7-8

“The feeling remains that God is on the journey too.”
– Teresa of Avila
“When we let go
of fear, only then
can we gracefully
move from what was
into the miracle
of what can be.”
– Anon

“Your word is a lamp
to guide my feet and
a light for my path.”
- Psalm 119:105
“From within or from behind, a light shines through
us upon things, and makes us aware that we are
nothing, but the light is all.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
“God rescued me from the grave, and now
my life is filled with light.”
- Job 33:28

“Faith is the strength
by which a shattered
world shall emerge
into the light.”
- Helen Keller
“What we are is God’s gift to us.
What we become is our gift to God.”
- Eleanor Powell

“A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.”
-Carl Sandburg
A little boy was having difficulty lifting a heavy
stone.

His father came along just then. Noting the boy’s failure,
he asked, “Are you using all your strength?”

“Yes, I am,” the little boy said impatiently.

“No, you are not,” the father answered.

“I am right here just waiting,
and you haven’t asked me to help you.”

– Anon
Shed a little light in the life of
someone today!
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Small Pond Photos
by Jean Gibbons©