The cool and balmy breezes blow

And disappeared is winter’s snow,

The merry birds upon the wing,

Are singing sweetly—“It is Spring!”

Forgotten is the winter’s toil

And crocus buds peep thru the soil,

The roses speak, the lilies bloom,

Sending cut their sweet perfume.


God speaks among these beauties rare

And they are ever in His care,

Trusting on Him thru every day,

Blooming brightly in glorious array,

Look to all nature and we learn,

Their faces to the sun they turn,

To God, the Giver of all light,

The darkened pathway He makes bright.


So may we ever lift our heads

From springtime’s greens and flower beds,

To Him from Whom all blessings flow

Upon His children here below.

May we as pilgrims journeying here,

Forever feel that He is near

And look to Him Who sendeth all,

The balmy spring, the beauteous fall.

Alone in dark Gethsemane

Our Saviour knelt to pray,

Alone in deepest agony

He saw the cross-ward way,


It was alone He tarried there

None else His presence kept,

His own disciples could not bear

To tarry—and they slept!


Alone upon the cursed tree

He suffered, bled and died,

That we from bondage might be free

Our Lord was crucified.


O depraved, wretched, fallen man

Cannot his sins atone,

There’s only one, our Saviour can,

‘Tis He and He alone.

Much is to be done in the year to come;

What have we done today?

We shall give our aid in a gentle way:

What did we give today?

We shall lift the burdens and right the wrongs;

We shall cheer our comrades by singing glad songs;

We shall speak kind words of love and cheer,

What did we speak today?


We shall be kind and true through the coming year.

What have we done today?

We shall bring a smile to some lonely life.
What have we brought today?

We shall give to the poor a helping hand

When in their troubles they shall stand,

We shall feed the hungry souls of the earth

But whom have we fed today?


We shall reap many joys in the year to come;

What have we sown today?

In the sky our mansions we would build;

How have we built today?

Right here and now, do we do our task?

Yes, this is the thing that we must ask:

What have we done today?….

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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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