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The May 15, 2016 edition of CCM Magazine

Although we often ignore them, streetlights more than aid in our depth of vision on a nightly basis and in most of the places we go. But have you ever been out at night—where there are no streetlights—with only a flashlight to guide you through the darkness? It’s a much different experience! We are only able to see our next step.

As we prepare the May 15, 2016 edition of CCM Magazine, we celebrate the life and career of Sandi Patty. While this issue is full of unprecedented coverage of the most awarded female vocalist in gospel music, one of Sandi’s friend’s, Amy Grant—best known for her song, “Thy Word” (Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path)—has been on my mind recently.

We will hear from Sandi, and many more of her friends, in the pages ahead and on the posts at CCMmagazine.com throughout this month, including Michael Tait of Newsboys, Nichole Nordeman, Nicole C., Jason Roy of Building 429, and Natalie Grant. But I wonder, as she is preparing to bid farewell to a decorated recording and touring career, has Sandi also caught herself humming her buddy’s tune?

If all we can see is our next step, what happens if we stand still? We’re vulnerable, we go nowhere.

How do we see beyond the next step? We have to walk forward. …but we can’t see the next step…and then the next step…! How do we move forward? Reading and trusting God’s Word. Having faith in Christ.

Soon, the last light on Sandi’s stage will be turned off—bet your bottom dollar she won’t stumble in the darkness. Where do you find your light in times of darkness?

Read, trust, have faith,
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About The Author

Kevin Sparkman
Managing Editor

After both on-stage and front-office experience in the Christian recording industry, (including co-founding Exit 3 Entertainment, Inc. and General Manager of hip-hop label Beatmart Recordings), Sparkman returned to Salem in 2014 from a Dir. of Communications position in the United Methodist Church. He became the Managing Editor of CCM Magazine in January 2015.