PROSSER – In keeping with the theme of “Candlelight Christmas” at this month’s Lower Valley Christian Women’s Connection meeting in Prosser, Darien Parsons told those in attendance about the lights in her life.
Parsons said she met her husband when she was just a teenager. She was smitten at the young age of 16 and married her sweetheart once she graduated from high school.
Her husband was the light of her life, supporting her dream of becoming a mother as she supported his dream of becoming a farmer.
The couple purchased a small farm near Parkland shortly after they were married. On that farm, they began raising their family.
After having a few children of their own, the couple decided to become foster parents.
Parsons said she began thinking about taking the children to a nearby church, which she said was much like one you might see on a postcard.
After attending services, the pastor decided to visit her home, introducing her to another form of light.
The pastor, said Parsons, asked if she had a Bible. She was proud of the Bible she owned because she received it as a child and it was in pristine condition.
“Now, we are going to open it,” the pastor told Parsons.
She said he told her about the gift of Christ, showing her Bible verses. He told her that the gift is hers if she chose to accept it.
Illustrating the point, Parsons recalled the pastor saying a gift of flowers from her husband isn’t hers unless she chooses to accept it.
That is when Parsons chose to accept the gift God gave her.
“It wasn’t long before my husband knew who Jesus was, too,” said Parsons.
She said the family became more involved in the church. Her husband drove the Sunday school bus that doubled as a classroom. She began teaching the children about the gift of salvation in that bus.
When it was time to build a larger church, the Parsons helped with the effort, all the while being inspired by the light of the children.
One of the youngsters shared a newfound confidence. He was no longer afraid of the dark because he had the light of Jesus, said Parsons.
In time, the Parsons’ had another child of their own and the couple purchased a larger farm.
When her husband decided it was time to retire, Mrs. Parsons recalls, “He said, ‘Now you can go to work’.”
She had learned sign language, having two granddaughters who are deaf.
Those skills provided Parsons the opportunity to work with children who were deaf. So, she began working as a substitute teacher. The work was rewarding because Parsons was able to share her light with her students.
Parsons said there are many areas in life when people need the light. That message was made clear to her when she fell down the stairs to her basement one night.
“I struggle with patience,” she told the Christian women.
Parsons said she had expected her husband to fix the door to the basement, but he hadn’t. After her fall, he went beyond fixing the door by removing the indoor entrance to the basement.
“We also leave the light on now,” said Parsons, stating in every area of her life “…the light drives out the darkness.”