It’s been dark for way too long now.
In the midst of the tinsel, the food isles, the sparkles and shiny
The darkness creeps.
We smile loud and long and yet the cracks appear.
The darkness lurks.
In the debt, in the sorrow, in the hurting each other over and over again.
The darkness silently, slowly crawls into these times that should be
Light. Joy. Wonder. Hope.
In a deep and dark December
I lift my head
I turn my face
I long, I search for so much more.
Something which the darkness does not understand, cannot understand, will never understand.
Something the darkness is confused by, turns over and over and yet cannot consume.
Something that goes deeper than the tinsel
Deeper than the sorrow
Deeper than the dark.
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned…
See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.
…because of the tender mercy of our God,by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
The light is coming. The dawn is on it’s way. Even if from here it looks pale and dim. The dawn is coming…
Even so, come Lord Jesus, come and shine in the darkness this Christmas. Come and make us new. Come and usher in a new world of no more death, morning, crying or pain. Come and be with us in our weary brokenness.