day 24: in darkness

Isaiah 9:1-7; Luke 1:79

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.” – Isaiah 9:2

“…to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” – Luke 1:79

to walk, to dwell, to sit in darkness…this darkness that envelops everything you know.  to be lost where ever you are.  to not see any way out.  to have despair meet you at every turn.  you are alive, but death is continually right at your door…its shadow looms over you.

maybe you have known this darkness.  maybe it’s hard to relate to at first since we take for granted all the artificial lights we are surrounded by these days.  maybe it’s hard to remember when we were in such a place, since we take for granted His light that we can turn to now.  but, there was a time when there was no light…when this darkness was all that people could see.  maybe if we look a little deeper this darkness still has its grips on us, no matter how we’ve tried to drown it out.  maybe we are more familiar with this darkness then we’d like to admit.  maybe it came by to visit recently…even today.

if this darkness is something you know…do not fear, for you are precisely the person for whom Jesus, the Great Light, has come…to shine on you…to guide you to peace.   those who feel no need for this Light will not have Him.  those who are too messed up to put up a front…He is yours…He is ours.

have you known or currently know this darkness?  how can you let His Light shine on you this day, this season, for the rest of your life?

thank you Lord that you are the Light for the darkness


One thought on “day 24: in darkness”

  1. for some reason I’m reminded of Jesus saying — it’s the sick who need a doctor, not the healthy… it’s those in the dark that rejoice at the promise of light, not those who feel like they know their way quite well…

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