Today’s Scripture Selection: John 1:5

“The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”

There’s a whole lot I could say about darkness.  In today’s world there is certainly plenty of it around.  Sometimes I turn off the car radio (and the news report) because I’ve heard enough about it for right then.

There’s much I could write about the nature of spiritual darkness.  Again, there’s plenty of it around as well.  That’s nothing new, of course.  But it is persistent.  And as a pastor I have plenty of opportunity to deal with it.

But, of all that I might say or write about darkness – here’s probably the most significant thing I can say or write:

It’s being overcome.

Whether or not the spiritual forces of darkness understand it or not – they are being beaten – soundly.

A long time ago, the apostle John wrote about it.  So did the apostle Paul; and Peter; and James – and the early church fathers.  So did some wonderful women of the faith.

Darkness just doesn’t “get it.”

Remember that when the news seems particularly disturbing; especially “dark.”

The war has already been one – a long time ago – by a risen Christ – the “light” of the world.

And darkness…

Darkness is still trying to figure out just how that happened.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the triumphal victory of your light and your love.  AMEN.


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