“God knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with him.”  Daniel 2:22

“The light shines in the darkness.”  John 1:5

Did you have an opportunity to see the supermoon last week?  Wow!    Some children just don’t want to go to bed - continue playing, don’t want to miss anything, like being with someone.   Some are afraid of the dark – a monster under the bed, a bogeyman in the closet.  Some relax with a nightlight for added security, to see familiar surroundings.  Indeed, we pack a nightlight when traveling and have a motion sensitive light in our hallway at home to help us see our path, to not be confused.   

We grow up to know there was nothing under the bed or in the closet to be afraid of but we still know fear in the dark, the unknown – driving on strange, unlit country roads; places to avoid after dark; hearing strange noises in the middle of the night.  Sometimes the bogeyman hides in our minds – worry about health, finances, too much work and all the problems we must face when light comes again.   

I feel blessed to lie down in darkness to rest, for the most part in peace.   The rest of verse 5 in John 1 reads, “and the darkness did not overcome it.”  Light will return.  I will rise to greet a new day with God to recreate, to praise, to pray; with God to guide my decisions, to shine his face on me and those I love – and all in need of some brightness.    

Keep our eyes, minds, and hearts open to let your light shine in us; so we can see, try to understand, and love others.  Amen  

Verla Olson