October 22, 2020

Friday Night Lights

Many of you will be taking in a high school or college football game this weekend. Friday Night Lights will be shining bright. Football is a great game to watch with friends, to get to make new friends, to cheer for boys playing a man’s game, to hope for better things than last year.

To help prepare you for this season of Friday Night Lights, here are a few mentions of light from the Father of Lights. You’re welcome to print these out, take them with you, and read them at halftime. (Or not.) But please, this year, no giant foam finger, ok?

Then God said, “Let there be light“; and there was light.

God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.

You, in Your great compassion, did not forsake them in the wilderness; The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day, to guide them on their way, nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go.

He reveals mysteries from the darkness, and brings the deep darkness into light.

Is there any number to His troops? And upon whom does His light not rise?

And by His light I walked through darkness.

His sneezes flash forth light, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.

Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O LORD!

For You light my lamp; the LORD my God illumines my darkness.

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread?

In Your light we see light.

O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me.

How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance.

Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

Even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day Darkness and light are alike to You.

The light is pleasant, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun.

Come, house of Jacob, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.

The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the LORD who does all these.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ” I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.

Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.


  1. I love that last verse.

    There will be a transition.

    Somewhere between the age of 40 and 50 my once, semi-intense interest in competitive sports disappeared. I had a transition of sorts.

    I now enjoy watching the band at half-time.

  2. Good reminder.

    The atmosphere that surrounds college football, both on the field and in the stands, cannot be topped by any other sport. It is great either in person, or even on TV.

    I am glad it has finally started.

    • You might want to check out Rachel Held Evans’s blog, where she has a post about a new book on the faith and fanaticism of those who follow SEC football.

      • Thanks for the heads-up. I went over to read it and found it dead-on. Unfortunately, Rachel had appeared to be so nice, so to see that she was an Alabama fan is troubling. :^)

  3. Always remembering that God is light.