“Do not gloat over me, my enemies! For though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.”
And we haven’t even gotten to our darkest day yet. That day is several weeks in the future. Every twenty-four hour period until then will shrink, losing precious minutes in the sunshine.
Until the winter solstice.
It’s not a coincidence that Christmas is plunked into the middle of this disappearing daylight. Such darkness.
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed this – but our world, in more ways than one, is also dark.
Boko Haram. Repression. Oppression. Hatred, violence, corruption, selfishness, materialism.
As in the days when the baby Jesus was born, so now – so, so dark.
The darker it is, the more dramatically the light shines!
Truth. Justice. Honour. Courage. Selflessness and service, wisdom and compassion and kindness and grace.
In the dark days, when I have fallen yet again and feel overcome by my enemies (fear, discouragement, and anxiety to name a few), it is vital to remember the advent of the Light.
The prophet Micah’s words echo across the centuries, pulling us up by our boot strings. Though I fall, I will rise again…
And not because of anything I have done, either. I am not the light.
But I know Who is.
Jesus, the Light of the World, who died and rose again to prove His power and authority.
Have you fallen, tripped up by all the darkness? There is hope!
Seek the Lord of Light with me?
Father, it is dark here. Thank You for sending Your Son to bring Your purity, power and Light right into our dark circumstances. Bless us with more of Your presence this Christmas season! Amen.