When autumn lands with all its beauty, it’s reassuring that family celebrations around apples and pumpkins and brightly colored leaves will counteract the dread of encroaching darkness and falling temperatures. As the days grow short and the nights longer, Meadow Rue Merrill offers a sweet picture book story featuring an alternative fall celebration that focuses on the Light.
The Lantern Hill Light Parade invites readers to join Molly and her family for an autumn party in which Aunt Jenny’s festive preparations reassure the kids that they need not fear the darkness. The truth of God’s Word and the love of Jesus fill our hearts with a love that shines brightly in a dark world.
And perhaps it’s not only the kids who need this reminder… ?
When Jesus called himself the Light of the World, he was speaking into a context of oppressive political occupation and legalistic religious claustrophobia. The nation of Israel had been looking for a light for hundreds of years, and his Gentile listeners had no hope at all. It’s a great joy to read words of light and life in a season of frightening traditions–and a broader context of spiritual darkness.
Many thanks to Meadow Rue Merrill (a Maine author!) for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my review, which, of course, is offered freely and with honesty.
And since Thanksgiving is going to be here before we know it, start planning now to accept Meadow’s invitation to celebrate at Lantern Hill Farm. The Thanksgiving Blessing is a direct hit on the true meaning of Thanksgiving set within the context of a delightful story featuring Molly and the Lantern Hill Farm Series family.
The Lantern Hill Farm series of picture books and board books is designed to provide entertaining stories with easy to re-create activities, allowing children to be part of the holiday celebration but not the center of it.
Celebrating the Light that shines in darkness,
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