"Shining Light in the Darkness" by Grace Gallagher, Executive Director

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Everyone knows that feeling in your stomach when you unexpectedly lose power, and the lights go out in your house. No matter how young or old the people you are living with are, there will be at least one scream, and perhaps a few tears, even if the tears are quiet. For a split second you may feel panicked. For a moment you can’t see, you can’t find your way. There is a moment where you actually feel lost in your own home.

This disorientation may only last a moment.  You reach for your flashlight on your smart phone, suddenly there is better awareness, and you can think a little clearer. But, perhaps before you grabbed your iPhone, you first reached for the youngest or most vulnerable in your house to hold them. Just the feel of her hand in yours brings both of you a sense of comfort, because neither of you feel lost or alone.

Sometimes we believe in order to bring light into darkness we must make big, bold moves. We feel so passionate and frankly panicked to make these massive, impactful moves, we actually lose sight because we can’t see that the most simple actions can be life saving. The comfort of someone’s hand in yours, the act of being present, is more powerful than all the sun’s rays.

I want to thank all of you for being light in my life. The simple act of you reading this brings light into my days and hope to so many. Let’s continue to be guided by Cameron and her example. The world is a better place because of Cameron Gallagher, and we must keep passing the torch of hope. Let’s grab each other’s hands, and, together, not only face the darkness, but bring light to open up our view. We will then all be able to see that we are not alone.

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
— Edith Wharton





Katherine Cook