DARKNESS resides around and within us. We experience different kinds of darkness: the darkness of intense pain and suffering, the darkness of loneliness and grief, the darkness of evil and sin, and most especially the darkness of death itself. Being overwhelmed by darkness can cause difficulty, confusion, and pain.
Christ enters the darkness of our world as the light. His life both echoes and fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (9:2). Right up to the present moment, the radiant light of Christ continues to shine among us.
When we follow Christ, his light penetrates our darkness. It illuminates our lives with his direction, delivers us from dark powers, and empowers us to live fuller and freer lives. Indeed, we become children of light in a darkened world!
Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days
From page 19 of Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
What are the dark areas of your life? Share your thoughts.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
—John 8:12, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
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