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Sitting in Darkness

March 9, 2021

“When I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.” Micah 7:8b

This morning at breakfast, Anders volunteered to read the Daily Texts for today, after which he asked, “Who’s Micah?” Anders clearly hasn’t been keeping up with my blog. Well, on Day 359 we hear a word from this eighth-century prophet. Micah had the unenviable task of giving voice to impending disaster, but hope was ever present.

The question is not whether we will sit in darkness during this lifetime. Of course we will. The long, dark night of grief and despair, of anxiety and fear, will descend upon us from time to time. Perhaps for very long periods of time. But these times are not times of darkness without light. They are times when the light shines in the darkness. This light, Jesus Christ himself, cannot be overcome.

I am mindful of my recent experience receiving my second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. While I know others had more difficult side effects than I did, I was certainly affected. I was able to make it through worship on Sunday, but I was down for the rest of the day. But I knew it was temporary, and I knew it was worth it. Those things were light in the darkness.

If you find yourself in a time of darkness today, know that it is temporary and know that Christ is with you. The light still shines!

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of light, shine in our darkness! Be present with us when all other lights have gone out. Remind us that darkness always follows the dawn. Help us keep our eyes on you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Anders, who has always had a theological bent. Here he is at age two, rocking his Martin Luther t-shirt. And his bear blanket, “Beary.”

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