God of Light

Total darkness is a terrifying and disorienting thing. It is the perfect picture of a life lived apart from God’s presence. In First John we read that “God is Light.” Not that God likes light, or even that He created it, but that He actually is light itself. I realize that the author John loved metaphor and symbolism, so I don’t expect to get to heaven and just see a massive supernova sitting on a throne, but being in the presence of God is undeniably like being in the light. In the light, all things are visible, nothing is hidden. Things that were once distorted by shadow and darkness can be seen for what they really are. 

Beacons of Light and Hope

My heart feels heavy and sick. The hope that we had for this to be a normal school year, for our community and activities to be as they used to be, for peace between neighbors and brothers and sisters in Christ to reign, for our world to not be so topsy turvy has disappointed us. Hope has been deferred once again, and we are tired. As I chat with other women, I know I am not alone in this sentiment. So many of us are weary and overwhelmed as we settle into a fall routine, and we see that when we place our hope in things of this world, like everything going back to normal, we find it wanting. But we do not have to live as those without hope.