Colossians 1:13-14 (NLT)
13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
The Apostle writes the Colossians to inform them how God through His son Jesus rescued us from heathenish darkness and wickedness that dominated our lives through sin. Jesus purchased our freedom and forgave our sins so that we could move from a state of darkness to a state of light. Ephesians 5:8-9 states, �For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.�
Writer, Philip Yancey, recounts for Christianity Today, a story of prostitutes who were brought into the light and out of the darkness they were living in. �Juanita, for example, was sold into sexual slavery by her own mother at the age of four. While other children went to school, she worked in a brothel, earning for her mother the higher rates paid for young girls. Eventually she had two children of her own, whom her mother took from her. With no education and no other skills, she continued working in the brothel, in the process becoming addicted to alcohol and cocaine. One day a customer grew enraged when she wouldn't do what he asked, and hit her on the head with a baseball bat. She lay in a hospital bed, desperate. "I got on my knees and pled with God. I wanted somehow to escape prostitution, to become a real mother to my children. And God gave me a vision. He said, 'Look for Rahab Foundation.' I didn't even know the word Rahab." She found the organization's phone number, though, and a few days later Juanita showed up, bruised and bandaged, at Rahab's door. "I need help," she said, sobbing. "I'm dying. I can't take it anymore." A kindly woman named Mariliana took her in and told her about God's love. "I couldn't believe the hope on Mariliana's face," Juanita recalled. "She smiled and hugged me. She gave me a clean bed, flowers in the room, and a promise that no men would harass me. She taught me how to be a real mother, and now I am studying a trade to live for the glory of God."�  Praise God that He provides light even when we are surrounded by darkness.
 Philip Yancey, "Back From the Brothel," http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2005/january/24.80.html