In our house, we usually wait until 90% of the light bulbs are out before we change one. Are we the only ones? Right now, three of the six bulbs in the kitchen are out. The little twinkle lights around the display case in the dining room, out. Both lamps in the living room and the bulbs over the fireplace, out.
The one on the stairs, that’s out, too. Laundry room, you guessed it… out. It’s getting dark in my house, and before long… my husband is going to have to do something about it.
I was with some moms yesterday, chatting over coffee while the children played at our feet. The conversation turned heavy when one asked the other, “How was the funeral?” Another suicide.
The Darkness Seems Darker
The third or fourth I’ve heard of in the past two weeks. I’ve lost count… My stomach turns as I admit. I look into the eyes of the mothers around the circle. Three of us are young, and one is a grandmother and mentor to us all.
My mind is swirling with the school shootings and stabbings, war, natural disasters, suicides, and the lonely still sitting alone. “It’s getting darker,” I say. The words fall out like vomit. There is no bucket to catch all of my fear as it falls at their feet. I look deep into their hurting souls, “Is it? Or do we just notice it more now… because of media access, or our age, or… Is it?”
We all look to our mentor, because she’s got more experience walking this path, and maybe, she knows. “It’s both,” she says simply.
The darkness is darker, isn’t it? If you’re like me, we keep waiting for someone else to do something about it.
Shifting Our Gaze
If we shift our gaze from outside and desperate to inside and hopeful, we will see that the light of Christ has, in fact, been within us the whole time.
The Holy Spirit wants to remind us today that we in fact do have the answer. This answer being that the only way to drive out the darkness is with the light.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Jesus, bring your light! Christian: you are called to be Christ. You have been anointed and adopted into this family and into its mission, by your baptism.
“In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of Men.”
The mission is to be the avenue through which his kingdom comes. The call is to BE the LIGHT. See, if “in Him was Life, and this Life was the Light of men,” then in you is that very life and light.
“Me? I am called to be the light?!” If when you read those words it’s hard to believe, I ask you frankly to focus less on over yourself and your shortcomings.
It is God, your Father, who has called you and who empowers you. He sees you – all of you. He sees the good and the bad.
His promise is this:
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness.”
-2 Corinthians 12:9