Chapter 1: Our Lanterns Glow

Written and shared in the latter half of 2020, this inspirational book was conceived to cope with the different world we suddenly found ourselves in. As the author, it matters not to me if it sells or not; this is a personal project – I needed to find my light, and this is how I did so. Based on fictional insights, for fiction has helped us in these trying times, Our Lanterns Glow isn’t a cure all; it is about insight and the inspiration we need to move forward.

Now we are in a new year and it is not over; the pandemic and economic fallout is still with us. Our Lanterns Glow is more relevant than ever. Now it helps us make sense of the very strange time we endured and aids us in focusing on the future. Whether we read this today or in a hundred years, it remains relevant; ever do we need the light and always it is our responsibility to lift our lanterns for others to find their way in the darkness. Find the insight you need in this small book and shine your light today!

Elaina J. Davidson



Son, daughter, to understand yourself, you need understand others. But, hark, my children, it isn’t enough to watch your neighbour – think far, listen to nations of other worlds …

The Journals of Humanity, Beacon Library of Exploration ~


‘The Journals of Humanity’ sets the tone. We are now in a period where our humanity will be our saving grace. Other cultures have much to teach us, as much as we have for them. Seeing ourselves as one, a global society, celebrates differences while knowing we have so much common ground. We all love, we all need comfort … and suffering and loss does not hark to culture and creed. We are in this as one. We will win together. Let us celebrate every small victory, worldwide, as one.

It is said life is a game. One is born into it and one must strategize every step. If one has this ability, the game is not strenuous, but if one has issues with other players on the great board, the game can swallow one. The trick, reader, is to follow the gut. Do not be snared by detail; trust the gut. And do not attempt to understand the grand design – that is a path to madness.

Father Rees’ Diary ~


It feels like a great game sometimes, doesn’t it? This 2020? Or this is a Netflix series filled with incredible events. Every time we put the News on, or browse social media, something insane is happening or the latest statistics are horrifying. How then does one strategize every step? Most of us are playing the waiting game.

In our current situation, the grand design relates to how did Covid-19 happen? Who is potentially to blame? How do we hold accountable our political leaders and medical experts globally for not only the pandemic, but for loss of income? A path to madness, indeed, and although those questions require answering at the opportune time, it will only drive greater rifts between us and those we are meant to trust.

Right now, we must concentrate on what makes us human, what drives our compassion, and the means to walking a path of serenity (or as near as) through the chaos. This holds true for the present and every situation we may find ourselves in at some future time. Take a breath, breathe out, switch the News off for a while, and focus on the positive. Despite all, always there are the little things and moments in our day able to make us smile, and that must be our focus.

Know your place, children of the universe. This does not mean you stand in the shadows without contributing to the grand design; it means know yourself and what it is you are able to contribute …

Ancient Oracles ~


If my contribution is writing this book, then I have succeeded. If yours is taking a hot meal to someone in need, then you have, too, spectacularly. It isn’t only about the great deeds. It isn’t about fame. When we know how and what we are able to contribute, we take our places – we have purpose. We lead by example. We do not hide; we are not meant to be in the shadows. We shine a light.