The Coming of the Light: Light as Presence
Do not rejoice over me, my enemies;
when I fall, I shall rise;
when I sit in darkness,
the Lord will be a light to me. ~ Micah 7:8
How many children in your life have you know to be scared of the dark?
Worried a monster was hiding under the bed and that it would come out as soon as the lights went out?
I was never much afraid of the dark myself as a kid, but I've always had an appreciation of the power it wielded. Even if I wasn't afraid of monsters, I knew that bad things could happen...
...a lesson I was reminded of recently when coming down in early morning one Sunday, I fell down the bottom two stairs because I couldn't see. I'd taken the nightlight out of the wall for some reason.
Bad things happen in the dark. I put the nightlight back in the wall socket immediately.
God as night light might be a great metaphor for children. Just as that light on keeps the monsters at bay - whether it's a nightlight, or a light in the closet, or lamp on a nightstand - God as light is there always standing by, to remind us that no matter how dark things seem, we are not alone.
Question for thought: Were you afraid of the dark as a child? When is sometime in your life where the darkness frightened you? How did you sense God in that time?
Come, O Holy One, for we wait upon you. And light the darkness of our hearts and lives so that we may know your love fully. Amen