Sometimes, it is easier to live in fear than the light of our Lord. As Marianne Williamson claims, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” The good news is that Christ comes with a light that shines on those fears and reveals the truth: that we walk in the light of the Lord. Even our deepest despair cannot consume a light that bright.
That light, however, does not begin or end with us. Christ calls us to reflect that light back into the world. Christ uses the light inside us to expose the injustices of the world and reveal the truth: where there is darkness, there is light – where there is suffering, there is hope. Let that light be a ray of hope for you and all those around you. Let that light shine wherever you go, whatever you do, so that all may come to know our Lord. As the author of Ephesians writes in Chapter 5, verse 8: “For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light.” So wherever you go, whatever you do, live as children of light, leaving the aroma of a God who loves you in your wake. Amen.
Seminary Deacon Ann-Henley Saunders