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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, 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 own 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.

Critics praised Alan Wake 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 — including flashlights, flare guns, a rock concert’s light system — to fight the enemy. The main “foot soldier” enemies are the Taken, those that are lost to the supernatural darkness. To heal yourself from Taken attacks, the player would need to find a “Safe Haven.” These Safe Havens are checkpoints represented with lamp posts shining a protected area. In this protected area, the player could heal up and may find more supplies to get them through the next dark area ahead. Sometimes, you arrive at a Safe Haven unscathed and almost full on supplies. Other times, you flee a mob of Taken with only 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. We are no longer Taken by the devil; God calls us to free those that are Taken with His message of light. You cannot call yourself a follower of God if you are not following this command.

Most Christians — including myself — follow this command for a while and then get frustrated and waver from it. We find that we run out of steam. Light-shiners 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,

Yet, it is hard to refuel while fighting the darkness every second of every day. We need a “Safe Haven” to rest and recharge. We need an area where we can meet with other light-bearers like the early Church did in Acts 2. Some people believe they can get this sense of Christian community by passively sitting in the pew for about an hour once per week. That is the opposite of how the early Church grew. The early Church met together to share life by eating together daily. Now, while meeting daily probably will not work, every modern light-child should find a group that meets together regularly to hang out, discuss life, and grow together.

I started attending my “Safe Haven” of other young adults in the Livingston County area last Fall. Some weeks when we meet I am rested and just there to hang out and recharge others for their 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. Otherwise, contact your local church to get connected. That way when you find yourself running from your “stalker with an ax” problems of the week, 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
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