A year ago this morning, my Father passed away.

Jesus often calls to Him those we most wish could stay.

With family gathered round him, the tears began to flow,

Then he told us just to ease our minds, how much he longed to go.


For he had been a soldier and walked the paths of right.

The ways of God had always been so precious in his sight.

And when he went there wasn’t much the old man left behind.

The treasure that he’d laid up was not the earthly kind.


There was no doubt for what I’d ask to remember him.

It held him up and gave him hope when the path was dim.

And even when his strength was gone and he felt the pain,

He still would say so often, “Son, go get my cane.”


My Father’s cane reminds me that we never walk alone.

Jesus gives us strength and hope on the journey towards His throne.

And like my Father who has gone, I too will make that climb,

I’ve set my sights on joining him in Heaven so sublime.


So if you see me coming don’t worry ‘bout my health,

Don’t ask about my future plans or my worldly wealth.

I’m walking with my Savior, looking forward to His reign,

And just to keep reminding me I’ll hold my Father’s cane.

The Christian is placed in many different circumstances while on this earth. Some are characterized by hardships and trials, and others are full of joy and peace. How should the Christian respond? Throughout the Bible there are numerous times where God’s people sang in response to their various circumstances. Singing in response to God’s ordering […]

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The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon to his young adult son. Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs was “that the generation to come might know them [God’s wonderful works]…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6–7). Throughout the book, Solomon […]

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The group of churches that John writes to in this trio of epistles had recently experienced a split because of doctrinal controversy. We do not know the exact content of the error that these false teachers were spreading, but it is apparent from John’s writing that their teaching somehow denied the truth of the incarnation—that […]

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021. Jael lived during the era of the judges. Deborah the prophetess was the judge who served Israel at the time of Jael. During this time, the Canaanites under the rule of king Jabin […]

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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Tennessee Young People’s Retreat 2021

The 2021 Tennessee young people’s retreat was held August 9 to 13 by Providence, Hudsonville, Unity, and First (Holland) Protestant Reformed Churches. The retreat took place at Eagle Rock Retreat Center in the city of Tallassee. It was about an eleven-hour drive, give or take a bit due to stops for food and restrooms. Though […]

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