May 11

We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that your name is near. Psalm 75:1 NKJV

You may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9

Longing for light, we wait in darkness. 
Longing for truth, we turn to You. 
Make us your own, Your holy people, 
Light for the world to see.

Christ be our light 
Shine in our hearts 
Shine through the darkness 
Christ be our light 
Shine in Your church gathered today.*

Have you ever been afraid of the dark? I know that when I was a kid I often fell asleep with a small lamp on next to my bed. It was meant to be used for reading in bed (which I still do), but I have to admit that I was more comfortable falling asleep with a light on, even if it wasn’t a very bright light. The glow from that little lamp was enough to comfort me and make me feel safe as I closed my eyes. As we become adults, the dark is a fear that most of us outgrow, but I don’t think we can ever be completely free of being afraid in the dark.

Out of darkness into his marvelous light is an idea that you can relate to, especially if you have ever sat by the bed of a loved one in the hospital, have endured a night (or nights) of insomnia, or if you have lived with anxiety or depression. That’s something that can feel especially bad at night when you can’t seem to fall asleep and feel completely alone, no matter how many people are in the house with you. You can also be afraid of/in the dark during the day when the world, or our heart or our mind can feel like a very dark place.

As hard as it is to think positively in those moments of despair, this is a good time to try to remember the words we sing in the Holden Evening Prayer by Marty Haugen, Jesus Christ, you are the light of the world, the light no darkness can overcome.

This is also our chance to care for and to help others when they are in despair, like being there for others to reach out to during the day or the night. We can hold the light of Christ up for them to illuminate their path and show them that they are not alone.

The verse from 1 Peter reminds us that it is Christ who called us out of darkness by dying to take away the sin of the world. One way we can love and serve him is to lift others up by sharing His light.

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for the ever present light that you hold for us, even when we forget to open our eyes to see it. Fill our hearts with your light and love so that we can not only rejoice in them ourselves but pass them on the people who think they are alone in the dark. Amen.

Lynda Tysdal

 

*Hymn written by Bernadette Farrell