Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas is Here!

The Christmas season is upon us. While there are trees to decorate, shopping to do, and menus to plan, we will also be remembering the reason for the season.
Rather than allowing our time and energy to be consumed with all things commercial this Christmas, enjoy spending time with family and friends, rather than feeling burdened.
  • Attend a candlelight service
  • Take a night to drive through Oak Mountain Amphitheater to marvel over Christmas lights and decorations with your family or a car load of friends. Take hot chocolate and enjoy!
  • Decorate a Gingerbread house with your favorite little ones
  • Sing Christmas carols ~ Loud!
  • Gather the family around with popcorn and enjoy a Christmas movie night together
Spend time rather than money for gifts this year. Elderly friends will enjoy a visit, no need for expensive things. Elderly family and friends may also need assistance with yard work or chores. Children love attention and time. Commit to spending time playing games or making cookies.

Enjoy traditions with your family, and have fun conversations creating new ones this year.

Family owned and operated Lighting and Lamp enjoys this season of joy, spending it with family and making new friends. Click here to read a story about their Christmas of sharing

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

It's December! Christmas is Right Around the Corner...

Can you believe Christmas is in just over three weeks??
But wait! Do not let stress burden you during this most joyful season! When it comes to gift giving, do not spend yourself into debt buying Christmas presents. Sometime, less is more. 
Table by SWAG Home Staging
Give gifts that people will love that do not cost much, if any money such as:
  • Give cards to elderly friends, promising to visit once each month. Plan to take lunch when you go
  • Write a note to sick or elderly friends offering to run errands that they need help with such as bank, grocery store, or doctor appointments
  • Give an "IOU" to people who need help raking leaves or cleaning inside the house
  • See a single mom paying in front of you at a fast food restaurant? Pick up her tab, or slide your debit card in the grocery store line
  • Give a gift card to parents for an afternoon or night of babysitting, single or married they will appreciate some adult time
  • Hand made gifts are the best, whether it is baked goods, jewelry or a scarf
  • Start a Christmas club account now for next year. Whether you buy gifts or donate, the money will be there when the time arrives
Looking back at Charles and Ruth Wright's lives, founders of Lighting and Lamp, the example they set reminds us that joy is not in "things". Joy shows in our actions toward others. What a great reward for us to know that we made a difference in a child's Christmas, or filled an afternoon for a home bound person who enjoys the company.

Fill your Christmas holiday with joy, not stress.

Monday, November 24, 2014

What Are We Most Thankful for??

As Thanksgiving is upon us, what a great time to reflect on our blessings. There are so many things to appreciate throughout the year and especially during the holiday season.

Immediate family, close friends, and their health come to our minds. Even if we are sick, or have family members or friends who may be going through a hard time, it is comforting to know that God cares more for us than we even care for each other. 
The fact that we have a warm, safe home to go to each day is at the top of most of our lists. The majority of us will have nice holiday celebrations with plenty of wonderful food and all of our loved ones around us. With modern technology, it will be possible to talk and even see family who we are unable to be with physically, online with the push of a button. 

Even if you are feeling down or are facing a struggle, trusting in God and looking inward can turn your day around. Some examples are:
  • Stuck in traffic? Enjoy singing to your new favorite song!
  • Need to clean house for company? Make a list, gather your supplies and turn on some music!
  • Dread getting out of a warm bed on a cold winter morning? Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and some quiet time before beginning your hectic day!
  • Short on money? Spend time rather than money by staying home, cleaning out, re-organizing and finishing projects. You may find things to sell (make some money), donate (make a less fortunate person's day) or a or a new craft to enjoy (and possibly sell or donate as well!). 
  • Growing older and do not feel good? Take a break and rest. If you do not feel like going anywhere, call people. There are elderly people everywhere who are lonely and would love someone to talk to. Start a prayer list, and then pray.
Why are we exactly where we are at this moment in time? Whether it is for us, or for someone else, God has His purpose for us. When we face troubling times, first determining if it is something that can be changed is a start. If it is, attempt to change it. If it something that we cannot change, turn that one over to God. Take one day at a time. 

Do not wait until New Year's Day to make a resolution to start waking up thankful each day. If you begin now, you will be in great practice by New Year's! 

Thank You to our Lighting and Lamp family, friends, clients, and vendors! We appreciate each and every one of you this Thanksgiving and the new year to come!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

We have Thanksgiving in our Hearts!!

Can you believe it is already Thanksgiving?? At Lighting and Lamp, we take this time to remember all of the Prayers of Praise and reasons we have had to celebrate God's blessings this year. 
Patsy Wright Burks has a story recently told ~

Her husband and her grandson went on a camping trip this summer with a group of friends. After hiking far away from any civilization, the group began to make camp. As night grew closer it became evident that there was a storm brewing. As the evening grew late, everyone retired to their tents. Jim and his grandson read from their book of devotions, which happened to be about trusting God and His protection. Jim marked their place, laid the book aside along with his glasses and attempted to sleep as the rain began. As tree branches began breaking and thunder rolling, Jim's brave grandson got up to peek out of the tent. Just as he did, the tree above them fell on his sleeping bag, where he had just been lying. If he had still been in his sleeping bag, he would have been crushed. The tree did pin Jim in his sleeping bag. 

Fast forward in this story ~ The group managed to get Jim out of their tent as well as rescue a couple of other members of the group, and get everyone to safety. Thankfully there were no severe injuries or loss of life. 

When they returned home, of course everything was soaked through. As Patsy was attempting to dry everything out, she opened the book where the marker was and left it open to dry. 

Several days later, when the book was dry, it was permanently opened to the devotion about being protected by God. 

What an awesome reminder everyday of God's faithfulness and how thankful the Wright's are to Him for His never ending protection.

Philippians 4: 6-7 ~ Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Meet our Vendors 103 ~ Samsung

One of the great things Lighting and Lamp does that you may not even realize is that they can set up your home theater. Their experienced team can provide and install as much or as little as you may want and need. With your ideas and their understanding, the sky is the limit! 

Samsung is one of the vendors that supplies the equipment. For over 70 years, Samsung has been standing by their values, the first being people. It is refreshing to know they are dedicated to their people, encouraging them to reach their full potential.

It is comforting to do business with a company whose philosophy is to devote their talent and technology to create superior products and services that contribute to a better global society.

"Through Samsung Hope for Children, subsidiaries and employees worldwide partner with leading nonprofit organizations to affect positive change.

By supplying Samsung products, lending their expertise and providing financial support, they are able to give thousands of children in communities around the world access to education, mentorship, leadership skills and life-saving medical treatment." ~ Samsung.com

Samsung provides all of the equipment needed for your media room, including home theater systems, audio, sound bars, wireless audio docks, Giga sound speakers, televisions, surround sound and Blu-ray and smart players.

Winter and the holidays are quickly approaching, making it is the perfect time for family and friends to gather for movie nights. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lighting Designers

Lighting and Lamp offers lighting design. Whether you have relocated into your dream home, want to renew your current castle, or provide updated lighting for your employees in the workplace, an experienced designer can guide you in choosing the best options for each room. Lighting has changed over the years with the introduction of LED lighting and the variety of bulbs that are available.

An example is in a family room, layering the light and controlling these layers individually. This allows flexibility for basic lighting with a striking chandelier and adding lamps or sconces at either end of the sofa for reading .

Task lighting is a necessity in the kitchen with everything from food preparation to homework happening, and maybe at the same time! A chandelier with a Lutron dimmer in the dining room allows for ambient lighting.  Chandeliers allow you to express your individuality as there are unlimited options in sizes, shapes and finishes. A lamp on the buffet or wall sconces add layers of light and personality.

We all know our work stations should not have windows behind our computer monitors, bright lights glaring on our screens and even reflections from polished surfaces such as a keyboard. These can cause eye strain and are at least annoying. Lighting and Lamp has the knowledge to suggest the correct lighting for your office space.

Designing, selling, and installing fixtures, our team can provide as much help as you need and want, accomplishing energy management, cost savings and function.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Meet our Vendors 102 ~ Uttermost

Last week we were introduced to the use of mirrors to add dimension and create atmosphere in our homes. Lighting and Lamp is proud to offer mirrors, art, clocks, lamps and lighting fixtures and many other accessories and even furniture from Uttermost. 
Over thirty eight years ago, Bob and Belle Cooper began this still family owned business. Today Mac Cooper, President/CEO, as well as a team of young but seasoned executives and a team of employees numbering in the hundreds are located in Virginia, California, and Asia as well as over one hundred sales representatives globally.

"The name 'Uttermost' is taken from the Bible, Acts 1:8. This verse reflects our personal beliefs to share God's work 'to the uttermost part of the earth'. Our marketing plan is similar in that we offer our products in nearly all parts of the earth." ~ About Us, Uttermost

Lighting and Lamp's team travels to the showroom in Atlanta, GA and High Point, NC periodically to purchase the newest introductions. They bring back to share with us an almost endless supply of exquisite beauties. There is an immense array of colors, shapes, sizes of mirrors, artwork and frames, chandeliers, lamps, clocks, fireplace accessories, vases and rugs. 

Stop by and tour Lighting and Lamp's showroom. You will not be disappointed in the extensive collection of choices! The team at Lighting and Lamp is excited to share their finds with you. Uttermost's passion is to make great home accessories at a reasonable price. 

Acts 1:8 ~ "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mirror Mirror on the Wall...

One of the many accessories Lighting and Lamp offers to decorate and bring your home to life are mirrors. 

Mirrors automatically bring light and depth into rooms. It is almost as though they are moveable colors in any room. They will magnify an area, making a powerful fashion statement, even able to bring the outdoors in when placed near a window. 

In a small room, placing a mirror to reflect a pleasant piece of artwork or nice view will expand and enlarge the space. In an entryway, a mirror may be the perfect place for one last check before dashing out the door each morning. 

A full sized framed mirror placed directly on the floor, resting on a wall can have a dramatic effect at the end of a hall or living room. Use a floor length mirror on a blank wall with drapes on either side to add softness in a bedroom. 

A large mirror will add dimension and create atmosphere in a dining room. Use multiple mirrors in a grouping, as you would artwork. Adding candles or a lamp nearby reflect extra brightness.

Visit Lighting and Lamp's showroom in Pelham. Annie is anxious to tour the showroom with you, guiding you through the many gorgeous options from vendors such as family owned Uttermost. You will certainly be in awe over the colors, shapes and sizes. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Celebration for Big Oak Ranch!

I Love You ~ I'll Never Lie to You ~ I'll Stick with you until You're Grown ~ 
There are boundaries; Don't Cross Them

These are the promises that children needing a chance receive upon arriving at Big Oak Ranch.

Lighting and Lamp was delighted to be a part of the celebration and excitement September 27, 2014 as Big Oak Ranch celebrated 40 years of meeting the needs of over 2,000 children. Since 1974, John Croyle and his wife, Tee, along with the Big Oak Ranch staff and many volunteers work together by providing children who deserve to know they are loved, a solid Christian home and a chance to fulfill God's plan for their lives. Lighting and Lamp's Patsy and Jim Burks consider it a blessing to have been involved with Big Oak Ranch for many years. One of their many contributions was providing a transitional home at the Boy's Ranch for the high school graduates to live in while attending college or beginning a job. 

John and Tee have seen their dream of building the best children's home in America grow into three separate facilities in Northeast Alabama: Big Oak Boy's Ranch in Gadsden, Big Oak Girl's Ranch in Springville, and Westbrook Christian School, Inc. in Rainbow City.

The Boys' Ranch is located on 143 acres and includes nine residential homes, a transitional apartment home, gymnasium, equine center and swimming pool. The Girls' Ranch, 325 acres, includes eight residential homes, a transitional apartment home, gymnasium, equine center and swimming pool. 

Acquired in 1990, Westbrook Christian School provides a quality education in a Christian environment for the children of Big Oak Ranch, as well as children from the community. Westbrook Christian School uses the Christian environment to meet the needs of the whole child - academically, spiritually, emotionally, creatively, and physically.

On the 40th anniversary, John Croyle announced he is beginning to turn the operation over to his children, Brodie Croyle and Reagan Croyle Phillips. They have been gradually taking over leadership. Brodie, former Alabama and NFL quarterback, now serves as associate executive director. Reagan, who played basketball at Alabama and was homecoming queen, joined the staff as childcare team director. 

John Croyle is quick to admit he is not retiring, his role will simply be slowly changing. "We'll continue to be faithful to what God has called us to do." Brodie said. 

"A hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of house we lived in, the kind of car we drove, or how much money we had in the bank, but the world may be different because  you and I were important in the life of a child." ~ John Croyle

The "cornerstone" and even the name of Big Oak Ranch, has remained fundamentally rooted in Isaiah 61:3. "And they shall be called Oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that He may be glorified."

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Meet our Vendors 101 ~ Capital Lighting

Lighting and Lamp is proud to offer beautiful lighting options from Capital Lighting Fixture Company. Like Lighting and Lamp, Capital  Lighting is a family-owned company. Located just outside Atlanta, in Flowery Branch, GA, Capital Lighting has earned the reputation for creating and stylish, high-quality products at affordable prices.

Each room of our homes has different lighting needs. For example when choosing family room and bedroom fixtures, layering is important. A chandelier will provide basic, even  lighting, with lamps or sconces for reading, sewing, homework and relaxing. Task lighting is a necessity in the kitchen over the sink and in work areas for prepping food.

Capital Lighting has a wonderful assortment of options for each room in many choices of size, shape, finish and designs. Lighting and Lamp has many styles in their beautiful showroom in Pelham, AL for your shopping pleasure.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Our Technicians are the Best!

Lighting and Lamp is proud of the technicians they hire and send to your home. They are professional and experienced. Always timely and anxious to assist with any of your lighting needs, they offer as much or as little assistance as you wish. Lighting and Lamp tackles the smallest to the largest jobs, from cleaning high hung delicate chandeliers to changing outdoor floodlights, or even fixtures. Our lighting technicians can troubleshoot any electrical problem with indoor and outdoor lights and fixtures, replacing or repairing with the newest bulbs, fixtures and parts that may be needed.

Call today to schedule an appointment to meet your Lighting and Lamp Specialist. It is a great time to brighten up your home.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Gifts Galore...

If you have been into Lighting & Lamp's Pelham showroom lately, you will have noticed all of the beautiful gifts! There is a great assortment of lighting, all kinds! If you need a gorgeous chandelier, unusual floor or table lamp, exquisite ceiling fan, or popular pendant, there are so many options to choose from. Whatever your decor, our designers can assist in choosing the most beautiful lighting solutions that fit your budget.

Perhaps you noticed the dazzling mirrors. There is sure to be a perfect fit for every home, with everything between full length floor to ceiling to smaller pieces to choose from. The wall art is spectacular, as well as sculptures. Hopefully you saw some of the unusual pieces of furniture as well. The inventory is ever changing, so you are always guaranteed a treat.

There are gifts scattered throughout the showroom, make two trips around because you will surely miss some the first time. There are lovely picture frames, serveware, and candles. Have you ever seen remote controlled candles? What a delightful gift! 

We are anxious to meet you!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Do Not be Caught in the Dark

Lighting & Lamp offers more services than you may realize. Imagine your beautiful chandelier sparkling and clean, and you are not the one who had to climb the ladder, risking life and limb to make it that stunning. 

The team at Lighting & Lamp offers lighting maintenance services for homeowners. We will change light bulbs and clean large and high-hung chandeliers, ceiling fans and lights.   Allow our lighting technicians to raise, lower or replace existing chandeliers and other light fixtures.

Do you have hard to reach flood lights or other outdoor lighting? Our lighting maintenance crew is available to clean and replace light bulbs or fixtures outside the home. New energy efficient bulbs will keep your home safe and secure, illuminating walkways and discouraging intruders. 

Our team is experienced, timely and anxious to assist with any of your lighting needs in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.  

Fall is just around the corner and the days are getting shorter. Plan ahead for holiday celebrations at your home by scheduling now. This allows time for other important preparations when big days arrive. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Charles and Ruth Wright were extremely generous and humble. In 1940, things were much better financially than they had been previously. They built a small two bedroom, one bath home in Edgewood for $5,000. The first night in their new home, Ruth stood looking out the bay window where she could see the full moon and said "God, what have I done to deserve this?"

At age 16, we celebrated one of my most memorable Christmas'. Mother had the name of a family in need. My friend Anne and I took the five year old to Loveman's. We purchased clothes and presents and visited Santa. On Christmas Eve, I had the opportunity to visit the family in their one bedroom, sparsely furnished home, the little children asleep on the floor. What I learned from this was even though our family was on a limited income, my mother was willing to share with others." ~ Patsy Wright Burks

This continues today. Randy Calhoun explains why it is important to be a Christian-based business. "Because it is God's money. It is His business. And I believe if we become stingy with money, He can take it away." Lighting and Lamp, as a company as well as a family, has always contributed to the community. For many years Jim and Patsy Burks have been involved with the Big Oak Ranch, helping children who need a chance to be raised in a Christian family atmosphere.

Proverbs 11:2 ~ Solomon says, "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but this humility comes with wisdom."

Both Charles and Ruth were very wise, and they were truly humble. They were always grateful and willing to share with others, regardless of how little or how much they had. This is true still today with Patsy and Jim Burks, Randy Calhoun and the entire management team with Lighting & Lamp.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Save Energy With Lutron Dimmers


Did you know that lighting can account for 20% of a household's yearly electricity usage, and up to 40% a year commercially? 

Today, energy efficiency is an essential feature of every home and savvy business. There are many ways to save energy throughout a home; from dimmers, occupancy sensors, shading solutions, and whole home lighting control systems. Replace a single light switch with a Lutron dimmer and save potentially $30.00 a year. 

Dimmers save energy, using only the amount of light needed. Countdown timers automatically turn off lights and bathroom exhaust fans. Sensors in unoccupied rooms ensure lights are off until needed. Remote controls allow lights, fans and shades to be adjusted with the touch of a finger, from bedside, recliner or looking from the kitchen to the family room.

For more than fifty years, Lutron has provided energy-saving light control solutions without sacrificing style or convenience. Available in an array of designs and colors, you will be sure to find the perfect fit for your home. Lutron products offer style as well as safety. Imagine the secure feeling to turn lights on and off from the safety of your car with just the touch of a button. Lighting & Lamp can install dimmers, lighting the way in hallways and staircases.

For more information on energy savings and Lutron dimmers, come by and visit Lighting and Lamp in their Pelham showroom.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

No Complaining or Whining from the Wright’s…

Patsy Wright Burk's first lesson on not complaining or whining unnecessarily came at age 5 when her daddy left for World War II and was stationed overseas on a battleship. During that time her mother, Ruth, worked in a factory. On cold days before going to work, she would go to the basement and shovel coal into the stoker so they would have a warm house. This had to be hard work, but with no complaining or whining, the job was finished faster.

Ruth would say “You just have to do what you have to do”.

Many years later, Randy Calhoun and the whole Lighting and Lamp team work together consistently to learn all they can to provide their clients with the newest technology available. They enjoy learning, attending training and searching for the best prices and new ideas to share with their customers and friends.

Each person has strengths and contributions, and there is so much to learn to keep up with technology. Lighting & Lamp has progressed into many different areas over the years, and there is still is no room for complaining. It is much more productive to stay positive and enjoy meeting clients. What a pleasant feeling to complete a home theater, knowing the enjoyment a family will receive from their work and knowledge, all the while with a positive attitude. So much more is accomplished with a joyful heart.

Philippians2:14 ~ Do all things without murmurings and disputing.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Perseverance with a Dream

There is a story of Charles Wright going to a drug store to share the idea of selling flashcubes. For those of you who do not remember them, these were small square cubes that snapped onto the top of a camera and would “flash” if you needed more light. There were four flashes per cube. The druggist told Charles he had never had anyone ask for flashcubes. Charles’ reply was “have you ever had anyone ask for a hair cut?” The druggist looking very confused answered no. Charles replied “put a barber’s chair in here and I believe you would.” With that, the druggist allowed Charles to install a rack and stock it with flashcubes. Shortly afterwards on Christmas Eve, the druggist called Charles saying he needed more flashcubes. Of course, Charles left his family dinner to service his customer.

When Mother and Daddy knew they were doing something God wanted them to do, they stayed focused and did not allow obstacles to become stumbling blocks. Never giving up, because they knew God would give them the strength and wisdom to keep on keeping on. ~ Patsy Wright Burks

What a long way Lighting and Lamp has come. It began with flashcubes for cameras that do not even exist anymore to installing and maintaining commercial lights at familiar places such as Chick-Fil-A and Raceway today. Diligence continues to be a main focus. Through it all, perseverance has prevailed through three generations, beginning with Charles and Ruth, to their daughter Patsy Burks and now to her son Randy Calhoun, who currently strives to gain knowledge everyday to improve customer satisfaction in Pelham, AL and surrounding areas.

James 1:2-4 ~ "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

We do not need to pretend to be happy during our difficult times but have a positive attitude knowing God is in control. These times can teach us not to give up.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

And there was (and still is!) Faith…

In 1951, Charles and Ruth were about to make a big adjustment, following God’s will. When Charles took the job with Associated Grocers (AG), his first responsibility was selling the grocery industry on the idea to even have light bulbs since this had never been done in the Birmingham area. The initial agreement was that AG would purchase and store the light bulbs, thus Vulcan Sales Company, a subsidiary of AG Warehouse was created.

Patsy remembers that her mother, daddy, the Good Lord and Sylvania decided Charles could do this apart from Associated Grocers. After much prayer, and a leap of faith, he purchased the inventory and truck from AG for $15,000. As the inventory was depleted he had to place an order with Sylvania. This account was set up as Charles R. Wright dba Vulcan Sales Co. with a credit allowance of only $1,000 each month.

What a large amount of money for that day and time! They knew God had to take care of them, and the business. Ruth always gave God all the credit for all success through the years. Instead of using words like “good luck”, she would say “I am so blessed by God.”

This same faith has always, and continues to carry the family, as well as Lighting and Lamp, through to current day. Randy, now the third generation, is keeping up with the times with the Audio/Video Division. He has seen the increasing need for technology, and has that original faith that was instilled by his grandparents and mother.

Hebrews11:1 ~ "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What is “Lighting and Lamp”?

Charles Wright began selling lamps (light bulbs) to small neighborhood grocery stores in the Birmingham area in 1951. At the time, “lamps” were not sold in grocery stores. Charles was offered a distributorship if he would purchase and sell $10,000 in light bulbs. At the end of his first year, he had purchased $100,000 worth! This is only one of many examples of the faith the Wright’s had. Charles and Ruth were always quick to give God the credit.

“Sylvania was looking for someone in the Birmingham area to sell and supply lamps (light bulbs) to grocery stores. H.R. McClellan, District Manager for Sylvania, contacted the warehouse manager of Associated Grocers (AG) to see if they would be interested in the Sylvania lamp rack jobber operation. AG immediately began looking for a salesman by contacting the President and Secretary of their grocery association. Both of these men had grocery stores on Charles’ route and without hesitation they both recommended Charles ‘Shorty’ Wright.” ~ Patsy Wright Burks

Today, we think of lamps as being decorative holders for light bulbs. Lamps actually were the light bulbs at the time Charles and Ruth began their adventure.

While searching the definition of “lamp”, several things pop out. The meanings of the words listed below associated with lamp are not coincidental with Charles and Ruth beginning this venture, totally relying on their faith in God to provide for them and show them the way. These words that are related to that little four letter word “lamp” are powerful:
  • Beacon –a light or other visible object serving as a signal, warning or guide
  • Light – The natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible
  • Lighthouse – a tower or structure containing a beacon of light to warn or guide ships
  • Guidepost – a post, usually mounted on the roadside or at the intersection of two or more roads, bearing a sign for the guidance of travelers

When the Trussville store was opened in 1989, the pastor gave the scripture:

Psalm 119:105 ~ "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path."

Charles was on a ship in WWII, surely light guided their ship many times. When we are in the dark, we need a light so that we may not stumble and fall. In this life we will walk through darkness of evil. We need to use the Bible as our light to show us the way so that we will not stumble or fall.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In the Beginning…

“In the beginning” Ruth Busby Wright (1916 – 2008), and her husband, Charles Robert Wright (1914 – 1990), co founders of Lighting and Lamp, and parents of Patsy Burks, lived each day to the fullest, giving all of the glory to God. Mr. and Mrs. Wright were living examples of faith, perseverance and sharing, all with no complaining and always…always surrounded by family and friends.

Quoted by Patsy at her mother’s funeral August 28, 2008 “All my life Mother taught me how to live and for these past few months she taught me how to die.” Grace and Dignity immediately come to mind as we are introduced to this family. These two words are symbols of their character.

Some people may be surprised and pleased, at the involvement Lighting and Lamp has in our city. Of course, they have a wonderful showroom in Pelham, AL with beautiful “lights and lamps”, chandeliers, ceiling fans, mirrors and lovely artwork and gifts. How inspiring the relationship this whole family has had, and continues in the Big Oak Ranch with John Croyle, the late Mr. Hall Thompson, Chick-fil-A, the Bruno’s who almost anyone from Birmingham are familiar, the list just goes on and on. Ruth Wright was one of the first contributors for the Shelby County YMCA as well as Jim Burks being on the Board. Mr. and Mrs. Wright were involved with Dawson Memorial Baptist Church from 1940 – 1984 when they left due to Charles’ poor health, at which time they joined a church closer to home.

Philippians 1:21 ~ "To Live is Christ and to Die is Gain."

What a joy to meet all who are associated with Lighting and Lamp, whether it be employees, friends, or acquaintances. It sounds as if to know this family is to love this family. The legacy these hardworking, dedicated people are leaving with our town and our state is amazing.