I had never heard of Daily Light when I received a copy as a leaving gift from my Bible class teacher. The idea of a daily compilation of related Bible passages was immediately appealing.
I was about to leave home for university, to study academic theology. I knew my faith in Christ would be challenged and that doubt would be cast on the reliability of Scripture. My first dip into the new book was for the evening collection for 27 September. ‘Yea, hath God said?’ read the heading, followed by ‘When the tempter came to Jesus, he said, If thou be the Son of God… Jesus said unto him, It is written… it is written… it is written.’ These were verses for me to remember throughout my course.
During most of our married life, my wife and I have read a page of Daily Light to stimulate our prayer at the end of each day. It is always a good reminder of the central things of the gospel. Occasionally, as on that first evening, the verses seem to have been specially chosen for the circumstances of that day.
Nowadays you can get Daily Light in various Bible translations, in printed or Kindle versions. I’ll go on using my old copy. The page edges are discoloured, the cover is frayed, my teacher’s handwritten inscription is faded and September 1970 seems a long way off, but ‘the word of our God will stand forever.’