The other day I was walking through a parking lot, and something on the ground caught my eye. I stopped to take a closer look and discovered it was a small battery. My first thought was that somewhere there was some electrical device that was no longer working because its battery was missing.


As I often do when I find something interesting, I picked up the battery thinking I would add it to my collection of interesting bits and bobs. Maybe use it to start a story some day. As I bounced the battery in my hand, I realized that I had dealt with batteries several times this past week.


Dead batteries are not only a nuisance; they can leave us stranded in some pretty dark places. A good example of that was earlier this week when my wife left a church meeting only to discover that the battery in her car was dead and the car wouldn’t start.


A few days later I was talking with a friend who is a real estate agent. As we were talking one of her clients called because the garage door opener would not work on the house he had just bought. She suggested he try replacing the battery in the remote. Sure enough, a new battery fixed the problem.


Then last night I dropped something behind my desk and needed a flashlight to see back there. Much to my annoyance when I grabbed one out of the tool drawer and flipped on the switch I was rewarded with more darkness. The batteries were dead, so there was no light.


That battery I found in the parking lot and the events of this past week reminded me how important batteries are to modern life. They and the devices they power give us the freedom to move about – they release us from the tethers of phone lines and power cords. Some of the things we do with the power batteries give us are amazing and others not so much. We can turn on the TV and change the channel as often as we want without ever having to leave our favorite chair. We can open the garage door from nearly a block away. We can also use batteries to power hearing aids so people can hear again. We use them to power pacemakers so people can live longer and happier lives.


In many ways, our faith and beliefs are like batteries. When filled and fully charged by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we can do some AMAZING things. God’s children are fed, loved, and reminded that there is a place at God’s eternal banquet table for them.


Jesus was and is the light of the world. He was the light of life and love. However, when our spiritual batteries are dead, there is no light in our lives and no light to share with others. Fortunately, there are many ways to recharge our spiritual batteries. Three that come to mind are daily prayer, reading and studying the Bible, and attending church every week. Maybe I’ll see you in church Sunday.


John R. Fowler. John is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Prosper