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Follow the light. You are hurt, you should go into the light. You are only safe there…

I entered your dream to teach you. The darkness is dangerous. It’s sleeping now. When it feels you coming, it will wake up. There’s no time, I can only show you the most important thing… Only light can drive the darkness away and make [the Taken enemy] vulnerable again.

– Mysterious voice in Alan Wake

We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.

Ben Sweetland

For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!

Ephesians 5:8 (NLT)

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Acts 2:46-47 (NIV)

If you did not see the various gaming news articles this week, due to expiring music licensing agreements, the thriller game Alan Wake is no longer available to buy as of last Tuesday. If you were one of the lucky ones that could pick up this game, you possess one of the best narratives in an indie game in this decade. Inspired by Stephen King, this game follows the fictional writer Alan Wake on his vacation turned nightmare.

The game was highly praised for its use of light and darkness. As shown in the video above, what makes this game unique is that your weapon of choice is light itself. You can use everything from flashlights to flare guns to a rock concert’s light system to fight off the Taken — those that are lost to the supernatural darkness. Healing areas and checkpoints are called “Safe Havens.” These Safe Havens are typically represented by lamp posts shining a protected area where you can heal up and typically find more supplies to get you through the next dark area ahead. Sometimes, you arrive at a Safe Haven unscathed and almost full on supplies. Other times, you find yourself fleeing a mob of Taken with just half a flashlight battery left hoping to get to the next Safe Haven in time.

God has called us to be a light to this world filled with darkness. We are to show His kindness to others and tell them about His sacrifice for their lives. We are no longer Taken by the devil and are called to free as many of those that are Taken as we can with God’s message of light. You cannot call yourself a follower of God if you are not following this command.

Most Christians — including myself — tend to follow this command for a while and then get frustrated and waver from it. We find that we just run out of steam. The issue is that people are not taking time to recharge; they are trying to use their flashlights without any batteries left. God is the source of our strength; He is what powers our light,

However, it is hard to resupply fighting against the darkness all the time. We need a “Safe Haven” to rest and recharge. We need an area where we can meet with other light-bearers just like the early Church did in Acts 2. Some people believe that they can get this sense of Christian community by just passively sitting in the pew for about an hour once per week. That is not even close to what the early Church did. The early Church met together to share life by eating together daily. Now, meeting daily probably will not work for today’s schedule, but every light-child should find a group of fellow light-children that meets together regularly just to hang out and discuss life.

I have somewhat recently found a group of other young adults in the Livingston County area that meet weekly just to have fun, discuss a topic, or just to rest and recharge together. Some weeks when we meet I am fully rested and just there to hang out and resupply others for the upcoming battles; other weeks I am on my last health bar barely making it across the barrier. If you have not found a group like this, I challenge you to quickly find one; it has changed my life greatly and will likely change yours. If you are in the Michigan Livingston County area, use the contact form below and I can get you connected with a group for your life stage. Otherwise, contact your local church to find a way to get connected. That way when you find your lake of darkness for the week is actually an ocean, you have someone to support you and provide a Safe Haven.

Note: As mentioned above, this game is no longer for sale.
Alan Wake
PC, XBox 360
Genre: Action, Adventure, Shooter
Rating: Teen: Blood, Language, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco, Violence
Note: I have only played the PC version.
My Rating: Overall: 4 / 5
Gameplay: 3 / 5 Story: 5 / 5 Graphics and Sound: 5 / 5 Controls: 1 / 5 Christian Values: 5 / 5