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Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. – PSALM 119:105
Did you ever wonder why we refer to gaining knowledge as becoming enlightened? Enlightenment is a beautiful word and a wonderful concept that’s expressed so well in Psalm 119. We say that we’re “in the dark” when we don’t know something, and darkness makes most children and many adults uneasy. But when we turn the lights on, ignorance and fear disappear along with the darkness.
Like so many evils, domestic violence depends upon darkness to survive. When people don’t know about it, or when it stays hidden behind closed doors, or when our fear of the dark makes us turn away, domestic violence thrives. When we throw light on abuse by learning more about it and calling attention to it, it has less power over victims and others.
Just as God leads us out of darkness with His lamp and light, enlightening people about abuse will help us overcome it. That’s why outreach and education are key elements of the work we do at Sheltering Wings. As people become more aware of the problem and we bring abuse out of the darkness and discuss it publicly, it becomes easier for victims to step forward and find the support they need. Instead of being isolated in the darkness, they can step into the light.
If we are going to eliminate domestic violence, we must continue to talk about it, learn about it, and share our knowledge with others. Enlightenment is amazingly powerful. What will you do to be a lamp and light for those around you?