Author’s note: For American Literature, we were assigned a creative writing project where we had to take phrases from the Grand Rapids Press and write a poem, song, story, etc. from it. This was my poem. I was inspired by the passing of my grandpa a couple years ago, who slowly passed away from lung cancer. I tried to put myself into his mind as he went through that time. Everyone is telling me to send it into the Beacon Lights to try to have it published, so I was just wondering if you would consider putting it into the next issue. I’m a junior at Covenant Christian High School, and I go to Hudsonville PRC.


I stare at my family as I lie in my bed;

I wonder why this is how it must end.

They speak with a mumble, but I hear every word.

It tears me up to know my voice can’t be heard.

The pain emanates throughout my veins;

My breath becomes scarcer, and my power drains.

My family utters one last, quick goodbye.

I struggle through my weakness: I try to reply.

I’ve loved them more than they could know,

I’ve watched every single one of them grow.

They’re the greatest blessing a man could ask for.

A good, Christian family; I couldn’t want more.

But these are the things that would remain unspoken,

Including apologies for my promises broken.

My eyes start to tear as I realized then

That I’d never hold another child again.

These fears were comforted by my family’s care,

The love in their eyes, and the hope in their prayer.

The place that I’m going will bring me no harm.

And I long to be up in my dear Savior’s arms.

With only God’s help and the strength He bestows,

I knew they’d be ready to finally let go.

With one final breath, and a moment of goodbye,

Christ took me in His arms, and no more did I cry.


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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Judah: A Story of Redemption

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021.   The story of Judah is one of the most beautiful in the Bible. We often overlook this history because it is nestled in the middle of the story of Joseph. All the […]

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Author Interview: “Through Many Dangers”

M. Kuiper, Through Many Dangers (Jenison: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2021)   Through Many Dangers is a work of Christian, historical fiction that has just been released this summer by the RFPA. The book is written especially for young people and details the story of a group of Dutch Reformed boys who serve in the […]

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