The story is still told about the year 1816. Some call it "The Year Without Summer." During that year, New England saw a blizzard on June 6th. The deep south suffered high temperatures in the mid-forties in July. Why did this happen? It was all because of a huge volcanic eruption in Indonesia. Clouds of volcanic dust spread throughout the world. These clouds deflected the rays of the sun. Something similar happens when the light of Christ does not get through. For those who live in darkness, without the light of Christ, every year is a year without summer.

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Illustration by J. Michael Shannon, Professor of Preaching, Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.