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Still Very Dark

October 31, 2020

“In the morning, while it was still very dark, Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.” Mark 1:35

The boys and I are up early on this Saturday morning, as is our wont. While they watch Wild Kratts, I’m doing this. Today’s New Testament passage from the Daily Texts seems especially appropriate. On this last morning before the end of Daylight Saving Time, there’s still a ways to go before sunrise. Which, to tell you the truth, is pretty much how I’ve been feeling lately. Not down or depressed, just in the dark. When will the sun rise?

The COVID-19 pandemic is reclaiming centerstage in our consciousness. Cases are climbing rapidly. Here in Illinois we set a new record for cases yesterday. Again. One need not be a pessimist to sense that things may rapidly deteriorate. All against the backdrop of a highly-charged politicization of the pandemic leading up to the election (and who knows what that will bring?). When will the sun rise?

Today, I find deep comfort knowing that my prayer in the darkness is held within Jesus’ prayer for us. He, the One who entered our darkness, prays for us. While we wait for the sun to rise, we know the Son has risen. For now, in the darkness, that will be enough. May the sun rise with joy upon you on this All Hallows’ Eve. Stay safe out there.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of light, you are with us in the darkness. Help your Son’s love and peace rise within our hearts today. Shine your light upon our path, that we might feel our way forward in faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: The view from the back deck, 5:50 a.m. today.

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