Father of ALL Lights

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning.” James 1:17 American Standard version of the Bible

Some theologians think the term Father of lights refers only to heavenly lights such as the sun, moon and stars. The Amplified version of the Bible says “Father of all (that gives) light. This interested me as I began considering some tiny natural twinkle lights. Read on.


Today the first month of summer quickly rolls to a close. I feel compelled to mention one of my favorite light givers. Pennsylvanians experience a magical phenomena shared by many other areas of our world. Across meadows and yards, in cornfields and forests the sun fades slowly and darkness begins to cover the landscapes. Enchanting teeny lights flash and flicker all around us like nature’s personal celebration of summer. In these parts we call them Lightning Bugs or Fireflies. In Jamaica they’re called Blinkies. Other names include: Moon Bugs, Golden Sparklers, Fire Devils and  in Japan, Hotaru.

Synchronous fireflies of Smoky Mountains actually have a tourist season
Synchronous fireflies of Smoky Mountains actually have a tourist season

Glimpsing Lightning Bugs the first time each June is a delight catching me off guard almost every year. Not only do they announce the arrival of summer but they remind me to slow down life’s pace. Watching firefly activity on warm summer evenings stirs carefree memories of childhood and deeper ponderings on the detailed creativity of our God. I am sure we all have fond memories of these delicate creatures. Consider a few facts about them:

  • They are beetles not flies
  • They are nocturnal, duh:)
  • Found on almost every continent
  • Some species do not light up
  • They flirt and communicate with each other using various flashing patterns
  • They come in different light up colors: yellow, light red, green, bluish green and orange
  • Some are aquatic and begin their lives in the water
  • Some species lay eggs that glow
  • Part of their survival is that they taste disgusting to predators
  • Light produced by the firefly is the most efficient light ever made, almost 100% of the energy in their chemical reaction is emitted as cool light.
  • Some species are cannabalistic:(
  • Firefly chemicals have been studied for medical and scientific purposes to fight disease and to be utilized in spacecraft.
  • They are becoming endangered due to pesticides, fertilizers and light pollution

Wait! Light pollution? Have you ever heard of too much light? Fireflies once had uninterrupted forests and fields to live in and mate but now development and increased use of exterior lights threatens their survival. Who knew? How can we help these tiny light bearers God created?25964344_5600d48893_o

Simply turn off exterior lights if you don’t need them, porch lights, garden lights, deck lights etc. I am not an environmental activist by any means but I also want to take care of the world our Father gave us. This is one minuscule way to help a small creature we may take for granted. I believe no matter what you call them, we all have fond memories of these tiny living lights. And I happen to believe they hold a special place in God’s heart too.


See Genesis 1:26-28 and later in chapter 2:15 “And the Lord took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it.” Amplified Bible

Care for His creation where you can and enjoy all the sights, sounds and smells of summer. Bask in His loving gifts. . .

Shine on,
karan k

4 thoughts on “Father of ALL Lights”

  1. Very interesting post. I’ve always loved lightning bugs. I never really gave much thought to much about their endangerment. I’m also not an environmentalist, but care for God’s creation.

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