The Light Has Come into the World!

The Light Has Come into the World!

by the Rev. Sarah Quinney, Transitional Deacon, St. Augustine, Rocklin and St. John's, Roseville

The light has come into the world! The Messiah is here!

“Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will appear over you.
Nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”
Isaiah 60:1-3, NRSV

Much like the bright light that led the wise men to the child Jesus, the season of Epiphany gives us these visuals of light overcoming the darkness; light leading the way. This light has come into the world in the person of Jesus. But even with the blinding light of Christ’s love, it doesn’t always seem that the darkness is very far off.

Why, if this light has come into the world, can’t the darkness, those times of despair, grief and fear be wiped out, obliterated and completely penetrated by the light?

In these times of despair, the light is always present. Since Christ has come into the world, the light is always there. So even though it may seem pitch black, our times of darkness are now a shadow. A shadow can only exist with the presence of light.

A shadow is a partial darkness or obscurity within a part of space from which rays from a source of light are cut off by an obstruction.

With Christ, we know that even in these times in the shadow, the light is still present, and the obstruction will eventually be moved or we moved around it. God is with us all the time, through all our times. But in the shadow comes deeply penetrating growth that allows us to experience the light in its fullness.

I want to share this short reflection by F.B Meyer: 

In the Shadow

“We must all go there sometimes. The glare of the daylight is too brilliant; our eyes become injured, and unable to discern the delicate shades of colour, or appreciate neutral tints–the shadowed chamber of sickness, the shadowed house of mourning, the shadowed life from which the sunlight has gone.

But fear not! It is the shadow of God’s hand. He is leading thee. There are lessons that can be learned only there.

The photograph of His face can only be fixed in the dark chamber. But do not suppose that He has cast thee aside. Thou art still in His quiver; He has not flung thee away as a worthless thing.

He is only keeping thee close till the moment comes when He can send thee most swiftly and surely on some errand in which He will be glorified. Oh, shadowed, solitary ones, remember how closely the quiver is bound to the warrior, within easy reach of the hand, and guarded jealously. Being in the shadow is not easy and quite frightening but trust that the light is always there.”

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Rod Davis wrote:
Thank you, Sarah.

Thu, January 29, 2015 @ 12:39 PM

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