Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Written by Rev. Kelsy Brown
Associate Pastor for Membership & Mission
At Christmas we want to focus on the positive, to think mostly about Christmas lights, glittering presents, and special times together with family and friends. But our world has been far from light. The darkness of shootings, fires, disagreements that end in loss of connection, and fear that have been seeping into our light. It would be easy on Christmas Day to pretend like the darkness isn’t there.
Even on Christmas Eve as we pass the light of the Christ candles down the aisles as we sing Silent Night, it begins with darkness. For us to truly understand the gift of Christ and the light shines in the world, we first must see the darkness that encompasses it.
One of my favorite poets, Wendell Berry wrote in his poem “To Know the Dark”,
To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.
Remember the gift of Christmas, that every moment of darkness now has the light of Christ upon it.
Prayer: Jesus, You are the light of the world. Shine Your light in the darkest places. Amen.