Let there be Light!

As we journey through this season of Epiphany, we hear the image of light invoked frequently. Our siblings of color have raised our awareness of how fear of “the dark” has been used to fuel negative racial judgments about dark-skinned people. We must remember that the scriptural images of light and darkness are drawn from creation, from the cycles of the day and the seasons, mostly related to the ability to see rightly and perceive clearly the presence of God.
From a creation- centered perspective, these days of winter have been a traditional time to invoke the in-breaking of light. Many of us are also feeling overwhelmed by the shadows of the political, ecological and global crises which surround us. There is so much uncertainty; it is difficult to see the path ahead, to trust that dawn will come.
What do you associate with the light of God breaking in? Hope? Trust? Clarity? Joy? New life? The scriptures clearly invite us to seek out God’s light, so that we might discover the way God desires us to live and the particular choices God would have us make. For us as Christian disciples, Jesus must be the one to whom we look to reveal God’s light.
For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light.                                                                                                                                                                                                          Live as children of light— for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.                                                                                                                                                          Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. – Ephesians 5:8-10
May you discover the light, with the eyes of your heart wide open.
– Pastor Annette