Spiritual sundowners

Sundowner’s syndrome overtakes some people who suffer from dementia. After dark, their confusion and sometimes their agitation either manifest or dramatically intensify.

Spiritual sundowner’s overtakes some people who know the Lord Jesus and live in a profoundly disorienting world. You experience spiritual sundowner’s when you have courage and confidence in the daytime – and they somehow drain away at night. In the darkness between dusk and dawn, you lose hope. You become confused, agitated and afraid.

Light at nightStudies have shown that sundowner’s symptoms recede within an hour of the return of daylight.

During the long nights of fall and winter, fight spiritual sundowner’s with spiritual light.

2 Sam. 22:29. O Lord, you are my lamp. The Lord turns my darkness into light.

Ps. 139:11-12. If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, and the light around me will be night,” even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You. (NASU)

Isa. 42:16. I will lead the blind on unfamiliar roads. I will lead them on unfamiliar paths. I will turn darkness into light in front of them. I will make rough places smooth. These are the things I will do for them, and I will never abandon them.

Isa. 50:10. Let those who walk in darkness and have no light trust the name of the Lord and depend upon their God.

Isa. 58:10-11. If you give some of your own food to feed those who are hungry and to satisfy the needs of those who are humble, then your light will rise in the dark, and your darkness will become as bright as the noonday sun. The Lord will continually guide you and satisfy you even in sun-baked places. He will strengthen your bones. You will become like a watered garden and like a spring whose water does not stop flowing.

Matt. 4:16. The people who lived in darkness have seen a bright light.

2 Cor. 4:3. … the same God who said that light should shine out of darkness has given us light.

1 John 1:5. God is light, and there isn’t any darkness in him.

1 John 2:8. It’s a truth that exists in Christ and in you: The darkness is fading, and the true light is already shining.

Isa. 60:1-3. Arise! Shine! Your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has dawned. Darkness now covers the earth, and thick darkness covers the nations. But the Lord dawns, and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings will come to the brightness of your dawn. 

If you ever experience spiritual sundowner’s, do not believe the darkness. Believe the true Light, who has come and is in you.

Unless otherwise marked, Scriptures quotations are taken from GOD’S WORD Copyright © 1995 by God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society. All rights reserved.

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