Darkness is coming. It always comes. It comes in many forms. You need only turn on the evening news to learn of the latest shadow to fall across your community: a robbery, a shooting, an accident, … If an incident effects enough people, you will also learn of in far away places storms, wars, famine … Not only does it come to unknown strangers and nameless neighbors, darkness also comes into lives of friends and family members, even our own lives: illnesses, lost jobs, deaths … Darkness is surely coming.
However the light has come into the world and continues to shine into the darkest corners. As people of God, we are called to reflect God’s light which draws all people to the one True Light. We are not the light. When we can shine in the face of adversity, when we can point beyond the gathering darkness, the True Light shines in us and through us.
A laser works in this fashion: An external light stores up energy in a medium and when appropriately stimulated, that stored light is emitted in sync with and amplifying the stimulating light.
When the True Light shines on us we absorb some of that light helping us through moments of darkness. Then when appropriately stimulated, we can amplify the True Light becoming helpers dispelling shadows that fall across our community or nation.
Bring your dinner to our discussion of Isaiah 60:1-6 at 6 pm on Wednesday, December 30th. I will have more to say about this passage on Sunday, January 3rd, at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.
Robert Shaw, Pastor