Verses for The Great Fifty Days
Day 26 in Easter
The Lord will be your everlasting light,
….and your God will be your glory.
It’s hard, sometimes, to imagine what it’s like to live in a world without electricity or some other means of illuminating the night. Even when we go camping we have lanterns and flashlights. The overhead lights come on when we get in the car – and, in some, the headlights stay on until you have had time to get to your door. My phone has a light to guide me in the dark and when looking beneath the bed for my glasses. Most in this country rarely see the radiant wonder of the night sky. Nor are we limited by the darkness: we can work, read, do dishes and watch television late into the night.
There are other shadows, though: the shadow of fear from illness or abuse, the shadow of anxiety over finances, the dark worries for our parents or children or our children’s children. We inhabit private worlds sometimes dark with shame, addiction, grief and despair. Not always. Not everywhere. There are bright days and summer suns. But night comes.
We try to light the night with our lamps and baubles, frail and fading though they be. But there is one everlasting light, one risen from the grave, one good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep, one who is our glory.
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