Darkness Sucks

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As a kid I hated being in the darkness. I wasn’t really afraid of it as much as it depressed me and made me feel alone (pretty deep for an eight year old). The crappy feeling of darkness might be why I never really like winter. Don’t get me wrong, the winter is awesome in many ways, such as snowboarding and hanging out by the fireplace, but always bums me out because of the lack of light.

The winter solstice in late December marks the day of the year with the least amount of light.

Sunshine is a good thing for many reasons, but one of the most basic is because it provides our bodies with Vitamin D, which at the moment the rays touch our skin it  causes a chemical reaction which literally translated into a burst of happiness.

Some weird people hate the summer because of the heat, which is understandable, but everyone should appreciate the sun for the light that it produces and the life that it brings.

Without the light, darkness appears. That is obvious right? But think about it. Where there is no light, darkness occurs. Not because darkness is powerful, because its not. Darkness is actually only the absence of light. It contains no strength to push out the light.

In a spiritual sense, the same is true.

As we begin looking at the Gospel story of Jesus, which was written by a doctor named Luke, we see a guy named John who was about to be born, and his role was to basically be a torch to a dark world. He was to prepare the way for his much more famous cousin, Jesus.

John’s father even remarked before John was born, “And those who huddle in night, those who sit in the shadow of death, Will be able to rise and walk in the light, guided in the pathway of peace.”[1]

John came to usher in the light, it was his task. And if you are a follower of Jesus, then you are called to do the same. The world is dark, but the darkness is powerless to the light. So there is no reason to be afraid of the darkness.

Instead we can be bold and strong because we are on the winning side. The side of Peace, Justice, Love, and Hope. So when life gets dark and you cannot feel God, stay strong because the light is coming, He is always coming.

If you are not a follower of Jesus, please read through Luke’s account of Jesus over the next few weeks and see what you think of Jesus by the end.

[1] Luke 1:79 The Voice