Are you afraid of the dark?
Considering that question, we might recall a time, in our childhood, when we wereafraid. Did you sleep with a nightlight? I wasn’t allowed to leave a light on, so before getting into bed I had a ritual that made me less afraid. First, I searched the closet, then under the bed. Finally, I’d jump into bed and pull the covers up to my eyes. I was sure that whatever evil lurked in the dark wouldn’t recognize me with my face covered.
Darkness is a scary thing, even to adults, but it’s often a different kind of darkness – a darkness of the heart or mind; a hopelessness or loneliness that darkens our days. A soul that cries out for light. Yearning for a light to illuminate the dark corners of our hearts.
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5
This message from the apostle John was preceded by a promise long before.
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2
Our hope and our joy is found in God the Father, the Creator. The God of eternity. He has always been, is now, and will always be. We are not alone. In all our circumstances, we can rejoice in Emmanuel, God with us, God who loves us beyond what we can even imagine. He is the light that illuminates our steps, casts out our fears, brightens our hours, and awaits us in all our tomorrows.
Dear Lord, thank you for illuminating the dark places in our lives. In thy name we pray, Amen.