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Editor’s Note

This issue marks a change in staffing here at Beacon Lights. After more than three years of writing for the magazine, Sarah Mowery has decided to lay down her pen. She has been one of the faithful writers of the Devotionals rubric. In fact, the title of the section, Daily Press, was her idea (taken from Philippians 3:14). What most readers may not know is that Sarah has been faithfully instructing us with her daily devotionals while also managing an extremely busy household. However, with the birth of child number eight, she has decided, wisely, that the demands of the home are such that she give up her writing for a time. The Tekoites are little known, but one thing we do know is that their nobles, in repairing the walls of Jerusalem, “put not their necks to the work of their Lord” (Neh. 3:5). Sarah, you are no daughter of the Tekoite nobles. We thank you for putting your neck “to the work of the Lord” and we wish you God’s blessings as you continue your blessed work in the home.
We take this opportunity to welcome Abby Van Solkema as the newest writer for Beacon Lights. She will fill the role recently vacated by Sarah as devotionals writer. Abby is a graduate of Covenant Christian High School and Grand Valley State University. She and her husband Tedd have two children, and they attend Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, MI. As you can tell from reading this month’s devotionals, Abby does a great job of explaining the text and applying it to our lives. We welcome her to Beacon Lights!
Perhaps now would be a good time to ask; how is your devotional life? Do you take time each day to read, study, and meditate on God’s word? If not, why not start now? It is high time our professed love for God and his word are matched by the amount of time we spend in it. Why not use this month’s devotional to kick-start your own personal Bible study? Pray Psalm 119:18 as you begin, “open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law,” and you will behold “wondrous things.”