During his 1960 presidential campaign, John F. Kennedy often closed his speeches with the story of Colonel Davenport, the Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives.
One day in 1789, the sky of Hartford darkened ominously, and some of the representatives, glancing out the windows, feared the end of the world was at hand.
Quelling a clamor for immediate adjournment, Davenport rose and said, “The Day of Judgment is either approaching or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for adjournment. If it IS, I choose to be found doing my duty. Therefore I wish that candles be brought.”
Rather than fearing what is to come, we are to be faithful until Christ returns. Instead of fearing the dark, we are to be fulfilling our duty and serving as lights as we watch and wait.