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In the Dark

January 11, 2021

“The voice of Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.” Psalm 29:4

I often feel like I’m in the dark, but yesterday morning I quite literally was. In the midst of my children’s sermon, holding a baptismal candle and talking about the fire lit within us by the Holy Spirit, the power went out. Someone quipped that, having read it earlier, we should try reading Genesis 1 again. ComEd had us up and running soon enough, and we were able to continue worship at 11:00. During our sending hymn, “I Am Trusting You, Lord Jesus,” I couldn’t keep from chuckling when we sang, “I am trusting you for power; you can never fail.” That’s at least one key difference between ComEd and the Lord!

Without making too much of this, I am simply mindful that human and earthly powers will always fail from time to time. Sometimes, like yesterday, it’s an innocuous failure without significant consequence. Other times we see our power falter through ill health. And, thank God, we know that the human powers that rebel against God will, whatever short-term victories they win, ultimately fail.

God’s power, however, will not falter or fail. Even when we’re standing in the dark. Let there be light, indeed.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

Lord of light, you speak and the darkness scatters. Let your truth burn brightly in our hearts today. Bring peace to our world, that all people may live in the freedom your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Moonlight, Edvard Munch, 1895 (public domain).

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