Harold Witkov
November 1, 2010
Lamplighter for God and for the Constitution
By Harold Witkov

I recently attended a Jewish Chasidic funeral and a new concept came my way that I have begun to embrace. During the eulogy, the presiding rabbi referred to the deceased, a lifelong acquaintance of mine, as a "lamplighter."

A great soul is one who follows the commandments, studies the holy books, and does good deeds. His disciplined life ignites the flame of God's presence within. A lamplighter goes one-step better. Having ignited the flame of God's presence within, like a lamplighter of old who went from lamp to lamp kindling each, a lamplighter for God takes the flame of God's presence and kindles it in others.

Although I have made some progress in my life's spiritual journey, I admit I have a long way to go to be a lamplighter for God. Still, I find the lamplighter for God concept an inspiration and a renewed desire now burns within me towards that end.

There is another kind of lamplighter I also plan on working towards, and that is lamplighter for the American idea and Constitution. This too will take discipline and study.

Although I have already made much progress, I still have a long way to go in this pursuit. I need to better study my American history. Reading about our Founding Fathers and their core beliefs is not enough. I need to study their quotations, memoirs, and correspondences. Finally, that pocket size copy of the Constitution on my bed stand needs rereading. Eventually, I hope to easily quote it and defend it, and the men who made it happen.

This Tuesday is Election Day. There is going to be a ballot box battle and, in many ways, the very soul of our country is at stake. When I vote, I am going to be thinking about God and voting for what I believe is best for the world and our nation. I am going to vote for those candidates whose philosophy resonates most with the vision of the Founding Fathers and the Constitution.

Afterward, I am going to get back to working on my two lamplighter resolutions.

© Harold Witkov

 

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Harold Witkov

Harold Witkov is a freelance writer in the Chicago area, who previously worked in textbook publishing and sales for more than thirty years.

He began his freelance writing fifteen years ago, specializing in inspirational and humorous first-person narratives. Among others, he has written for Science of Mind, Unity Magazine, Reunions Magazine and The Jewish Voice and Opinion. Harold Witkov's articles are widespread on the Internet. He has written for Renew America, American Thinker, Right Wing News, Enter Stage Right, and Land of the Free, just to name a few.

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