“This is the message He has given us to announce to you:
God is light and there is no darkness in him at all.”
1 John 1: 5
Searching for Light in my life, I started listening to Contemporary Christian music. Lyrics from a DC Talk song go, “I wanna be in the Light as you are in the Light, I wanna shine like the starts in the heavens. Oh, Lord, be my Light and be my salvation, cause all want is to be in the Light.”
These lyrics and others quenched a thirst in my soul and made my inner light brighter.
The earthquake that hit the Indian Ocean a while back wobbled the earth’s axis and changed time so the day will be shorter. Another time, time changed.
Jesus died and was raised from the dead and sits at the right hand of God. The common era came about around that time. His time on Earth was filled with darkness.
He took on our day-to- day struggles and became total darkness, thus absorbing our broken spirit. He gave it all, ultimately expressing his victory over darkness even before He gave up his spirit by saying, “Today, you will be with me in paradise.
Right then, he made “The Word became flesh,” mean something. A repentant man being crucified beside him died in darkness and was raised in Light that day.
Any darkness within us can be expressed to God and He will understand. none of us, even the worst, is totally swallowed up by darkness, but we have to reach for the Light. We are sick, He is well. He has achieved victory over darkness by resurrecting the darkness into Light. God is in all. We can say as believers and seekers that our redemption waits as Jesus’ redemption waited. He waited in darkness and death. He was raised in Light and Life. We wait in darkness and death. We wanna be in he Light and because of that we are in the Light.
Prayer: Thank you God for sending Jesus, the light of the world, to save us from our sins. Help us keep the candle burning deep in our souls, knowing one day you will take our spark and make an eternal flame.
*Melanie’s article is reprinted from the 2007 Lenten Reflections journal of Wells UMC, Jackson, MS
Here's a peaceful video filmed at Bellingrath Gardens about this time last year.