Let There Be Light

Reading the news this morning, it would be easy to be depressed. Evil seems to be winning. I know the media tend to focus on bad news, but this latest set of headlines seemed worse than usual. As I prayed over some of the various issues, the word that kept coming to mind was “darkness.” We live in a world filled with deep darkness.

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

Most of us are very familiar with this passage, found in Isaiah 8:19 and quoted in Matthew 4:16. I’ve read it many times, but this week, it suddenly took on new meaning:

On those living in a land of terrorism and poverty and human trafficking and murderers and all other sorts of evil, a light has dawned….

These verses don’t just apply to a time thousands of years ago. They apply now, today, in the world we find ourselves.

We may feel as if there’s no hope. The news may be full of horrible evil. Our lives may be touched directly—many are overseas with the military, others don’t feel safe in their homes even right here in the U.S. It’s easy to think that God has taken a permanent vacation, washing His hands of us and leaving us to muddle through on our own.

We slog along in the darkness, and then comes Christmas.

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4-5

God has not left us alone in the dark. He knows our pain. He sees the suffering.

He sent a baby.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. … [T]o all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:9-14

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:3

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