Where did I come up with the title for this Echoes column? The phrase, “a thousand points of light,” was made popular by U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who set a wonderful example for our nation and the world regarding volunteering for good causes. He later used the name to form a private, non-profit organization to support volunteerism.

I believe his example has moved our nation in the direction of becoming a more kinder and volunteer-oriented nation. However, there is still more that needs to be done, as we look at ways to do more good for our fellow man and woman. And I am hoping that, based on all that has been shared regarding President Bush’s legacy, America will become more committed to faith, family and country, and in showing how great America can be to the world at large.

And when John Cronin, the now well-known designer of many of the socks President Bush wore, it shows how strong of an influence the President’s life and actions had on this young man with Down Syndrome. Cronin’s business has grown into his amazing business, John’s Crazy Socks, with much of his profits going to organizations such as The Special Olympics, The National Down Syndrome Society, The Autism Society of America and many more.

Cronin’s mother, Carol, said that when her son learned that it was President Bush who had signed the Americans with Disabilities Act banning workplace discrimination of people with disabilities and requiring improved access to public places and transportation, he felt a connection with the president, and became “sock buddies.”

As a result of what Cronin has done, it has inspired others to also spread the light of doing what is possible, and doing more of it to help others.

If one thinks about it, the ideas involving helping others through volunteering are not old ideas. These ideas involving duty, sacrifice, commitments are points of light that have been around forever. And when you do so you become in your own small way a true ‘point of light’ that can be joined together to create even brighter points of light.

Another example I would like to mention of being a “point of light” is one in which my wife and I have great respect and admiration — the Tim Tebow Foundation, and especially their “Night to Shine,” which takes place in February each year. The experience is a celebration for special needs ages 14 and older.

They participate in an unforgettable prom night centered on God’s love for people with special needs. It is also an opportunity for not only the participants and volunteers to shine, but for God’s love to shine.

In listening to all those who had a close relationship with President George H.W. Bush, and have been affected and blessed in some way by his being more involved in their lives, has renewed my spirit of volunteerism.

I hope and pray that his example of service to others, as well as Cronin’s and Tebow’s, will resonate and continue to inspire others to do likewise.

Being the Christmas season, if you go out for a night drive you will more than likely see thousands of points of light. Those who have decorated trees, bushes, etc., in order to keep those lights glowing, have to keep them plugged into a source of energy. Likewise, if you want your light to shine, may I suggest that you plug your life into a well-known source of energy that enables you to be of service to those in need.

So let the Christmas lights be a reminder to provide light to others.

If you want Christmas lights to have a more personal and meaningful religious symbolism for you, see them as the light, hope, and good that our heavenly Father wants us to provide for others.

You can also see those thousands of lights as providing a well-lighted path that Christ has provided for you to follow. And follow those lights wrapped around the tree to the star at the top, which to me represents the Star of David, our Savior who has given us the best gift ever — salvation.

— Contact Allen Stark at amsstark@msn.com.

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