The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
~ John 1:5
Each day I am reminded of the light that each of us carries, and how important it is for us to allow the light of Christ to shine. While we know that the darkness cannot overcome the light, we are very aware of the darkness that surrounds the light.
We live in a world that often looks at closed doors as something sad, while the opening of doors is something to be celebrated. The same light that allows us to see the closed door, also illuminates the opening of another.
Paul writes that we are to give thanks in all circumstances. It is a reminder to me that we are to celebrate in our current condition. Learning how to celebrate in the present invites us to allow our light to shine, even when we encounter dark times.
We cannot celebrate Christmas without the birth of a child. Easter without the death of Jesus, and then the empty tomb. Pentecost without the rushing wind and the encounter of the Holy Spirit.
Illuminating the light of Christ in our present condition is an invitation for us to say, "Yes!"
It is hard to be afraid of the next step to take when we not only have faith to take the next step, but when the pathway before us is being illuminated by Christ and hearing God's voice tell us to, "Walk!"
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.