holding to light

Maybe it’s the nights getting colder, and the feeling of setting out home in the dark – but I’ve been thinking a lot about holding onto light this week.

Let there be light” God says, at the beginning of creation.

There will be no more night” promises Revelation.

And yet, so often the darkness of night seems much closer and more real than either the light, or the promise of it. Light is hard to hold onto.

For this, for our being in the midst of darkness, God gifts us a new light.

A great light. A light which shines in the darkness.

Jesus, light of the world.

Jesus, who shatters the grip of darkness as a flicker of light shatters the dark.

What a beautiful light to hold to.

And what a beautiful hope it makes evident. The apparent inevitability of darkness, which seems so certain and so inescapable, is an illusion.

God, creator of all, creator of light, is faithful. In the midst of darkness, the God of light is our light.

At church this week, we were looking at Ephesians 5.

There it says, “Now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

Another beautiful hope. We are not only witnesses to light, we are called into it ourselves. We are heirs to light.

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”

And so it is that as darkness encroaches and we approach the season of Advent, I am holding onto light.

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