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It's 2:00 a.m….

It’s 2:00 a.m. and I should be sleeping.  I love this time of the night, or morning, or well…whichever you prefer.  Its quiet.  The phone doesn’t ring.  The kids aren’t crying, or screaming, or hitting.  The dog isn’t begging to be let outside. The world around me is fast asleep and I finally have time to gather my thoughts and relax.  As I sit here typing, I am realizing that dawn will be here in a few short hours and with it the noise and craziness begins all over again.  I know I might be alone in this, but I love the night.  There is a calm and peace that I find when the rest of the world sleeps.  I can’t explain it…I just feel comfortable and at peace.

This gets me to thinking.  In the Bible authors often compare God to the light.  A few posts ago, I wrote about a couple of verses in Luke that talks about God’s dawn breaking into the darkness.  In the church, we also talk about letting our little lights shine (you remember that old song This Little Light of Mine). At the moment, I am sitting here in the dark thinking about how God has broken into the darkness in my life…and the places in my life that could use a little more light.  I know that on some level, most of us our afraid of the dark, but for those who are afraid, there is always hope in the coming dawn when the light shines over the horizon.  When the dawn breaks we are able to see those things that frighten us for what they really are.  The same holds true in those dark moments that come to us all.  Even in the darkest moments before the light makes all things clear to us, we trust to hope because we know that our dawn is close at hand.   We can find peace in the darkness because we know that God is always at work bringing about the coming dawn for each of us.

Just something I’m thinking about.

A light in the darkness…

I have been thinking a lot about the traditional Lenten things that each of us us are supposed to be thinking about at this time of year.   I have been considering thing like sin, forgiveness, penitence, repenting, and the like.  As I have been pondering those things over the last week, God continues to bring me back to a couple of verses that I read about a month ago in Luke.

Luke 1:78-79

Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, God’s sunrise will break in upon us. Shining on those in the darkness, those sitting in the shadow of death, Then showing us the way, one foot at a time down the path of peace.   -the Message

Over the last few weeks I have come to really appreciate those two verses.  I can’t imagine the Gospel message being summed up more poetically than that.  I love the image of God’s sunrise breaking in upon us, the light of Jesus Christ casting aside all of the darkness in this world.  The phrasing here reminds me of the words in Psalm 23  where the Psalmist reminds us that even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death we have nothing to fear.  Luke reminds us as the Psalmist did, that even if we find ourselves in the dark places of this world, God’s sunrise will break in upon us.  We will not be left alone.

As we continue toward Easter and reflect on all of those things that come along with the Lenten and Easter season, may we all look forward to God’s sunrise where sin and darkness are driven away by the love and Light of our Father who leads us down the path of peace.