• Laura Crofts Cope

Light Up My Life - The Story Behind the Song

As a mother, I have often had moments of worry and fear thinking of the state of the world that I am raising my kids in. Reading of the struggles of so many children, families, and people all over the world, brings me to my knees. But then, I am quickly reminded..

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:26–27).

 I often pray and ask God what He would have me do to help strengthen my children and bring the light of the Savior more into their lives and my own life. One particular day, two years ago, I was especially troubled by headlines in the news about the rise in suicide rates among the youth. Deeply troubled, I began to ponder upon how to help my children and all of God’s children know how needed, important, and crucial they are to God’s plan. This was the question that plagued my mind. Kneeling down and tear stained, I prayed to ask God what He would have me do. No one should ever doubt God’s love. We are loved perfectly in our imperfections by our Father in Heaven and by His Son, Jesus Christ. We each have a divine mission to perform here on this earth. We each possess the ability to shine the light within us to the world– the light of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Two weeks later, I found myself gazing at the beautiful painted murals on the walls inside the Salt Lake Temple. Sitting there in quiet reverence, words began to play through my mind with a tune never heard before. “I am one drop in the sea, one tiny leaf in a forest of trees, one single brush stroke in the grand masterpiece, oh I’m small, I’m simple, I’m me…” The same words played over and over in my mind for nearly two hours. The next morning, I sat down at the piano, recorded and words and melody from the night before and proceeded to finish the entire song “Light Up My Life” in one hour. It felt as though someone had opened my mind straight to heaven. For months following, every time I played this song, tears flowed freely as I felt overwhelmed by this gift given by my Father in Heaven.

This song was the message that my children needed to know. This message is for the world. A reminder to all of us, God’s children, that we are loved and needed as we are. We are each an integral part of His plan, “the grand masterpiece”.

Yes, it seems that we are living in a world full of darkness. The darkness can feel overpowering at times, but to quote Martin Luther King Jr.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

That light and perfect love that will drive out this darkness is found in our Savior Jesus Christ.

“He is the Source of all true light. He is the master of eternal light. He is the Light of the World. And has given His light, the Light of Christ, the light of truth, to everyone. It is a free gift, a glorious divine inheritance that allows each person to distinguish good from evil.”  -Wendy Watson Nelson, The Heavens are Open

It is my prayer that we will all light up our lives with the Savior. That we won’t be afraid to let Him into our lives. We have inherently been given His light within us. Please don’t be afraid to share it with everyone around you. With His light, the darkness cannot remain.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

I present to you “Light Up My Life”

“Light Up My Life” by Laura Crofts Cope is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon music and most streaming apps.

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