Early street lights were generally candles, oil, and similar consumable liquid or solid lighting sources with wicks. The lamplighter’s duty was to carry a ladder and renew the candles, oil, or gas mantles. Lights were lit each evening, generally by means of a wick on a long pole. At dawn, they would return to put them out using a small hook on the same pole.

In some communities, lamplighters served in a role akin to a town watchman. Others felt the job incurred little or no work. But the Bible says to believers:

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father Who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

As a lamplighter, bring light to someone in the dark. One tiny candle can be seen across a huge room. You don’t need remarkable credentials to share the truth about Jesus Christ, just light.

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