With longings for lesser glory
Wasting my life by wishing for
That which has no Life or Light
His tiny face sucked in that first draught of bitter, chilled air into his lungs, and the babe entered into the life of a dark world with one purpose for his existence–to bear the injustice and to shine as the one true Light in a very, very dark world.
(Liz Lemon Swindle, “Be It Unto Me”)
Atheist John Gray makes an interesting observation on the evil and suffering we experience: “In comparison with the Genesis myth, the modern myth in which humanity is marching to a better future is mere superstition. As the Genesis story teaches, knowledge cannot save us from ourselves. If we know more than before, it means only that we have greater scope to enact our fantasies. …The message of Genesis is that in the most vital areas of human life there can be no progress, only an unending struggle with our own nature.”
But, that is not true.
The power of darkness cannot overcome the Light of the World who has come to release us from the dominion of the soul’s midnight. There is no darkness in His Light.
“You surely realize that even in the presence of color
Sight will see nothing, and the colors will remain unseen,
Unless one further thing joins them…”
What thing do you mean?”
“The thing you call light.”
-PLATO , The Republic
“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord shines over you.
For look, darkness covers the earth,
and total darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will shine over you,
and His glory will appear over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your radiance. …
Your sun will no longer set,
and your moon will not fade;
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and the days of your sorrow will be over.
Then all your people will be righteous;
they will possess the land forever;
they are the branch I planted,
the work of My hands,
so that I may be glorified.”
(Is. 60:1-3, 20-21)
Lord of all creation is Himself born.
Indeed, a God of wonders bursting forth as divine light,
the rising sun coming to us from heaven,
dancing in the darkness bringing joy to the world.
(Photo Credit: Mikko Lagerstedt)
Born to save his people, he is a bridge groom in the manger coming for his bride. The babe wrapped in swaddling clothes dresses his bride in white linen, with love wrapping her in his holiness, pure and bright. The old hymn begins, “Man of sorrows what a name for the man of God who came…” Man of sorrows, enduring sorrows with so much joy, suffered even the shameful death on the cross to obtain the embrace of his bride in oneness. Known by his scars, those astonishing wounds are now healing for the nations, joy to the world. “What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul…” are staggering words of joy that millions join to sing in endless hallelujahs.
Darkness has become dawn,
and now sweet Lord of joy,
you invite us to enter the joy of Yourself.
(Photo credit: Joe Holley)
Your Word, O LORD, is a forever Word, firmly fixed above us in the heavens, unmovable, unchanging, existing in permanent relevance. Your reliability is reality. And this world stands today; only because you rule. Ultimately, all things serve your will. In love, you call us to yourself, away from the ruin and destinies of pain in this world.
To any who believe, love, and trust you, Jesus, you have entrusted your good news of love and rescue to share, an exquisite, invaluable treasure offered to others in a vessel as weak as ourselves. Wow! You designed for your glorious love to be shared through us! It is like putting an one-0f-a-kind, priceless treasure in a disposable, red plastic cup, easily broken or tossed away. You allowed it to be this way on purpose, so that every one will know that the power came from you and never from us. So each new day, as we look to you, Jesus, a part of our old self dies; so that, your life in us, Jesus, is seen more and more by others. And as we fix our eyes on you, our Morning Star, we are being transformed into Your image, from one degree of glory to another. So, by your grace, every-day-dying is at work in us, so that your life, Jesus, is reflected, your Light in us. We are made to be in oneness with the Beauty we see.
“We are to shine as the sun, we are to be given the Morning Star.” ~ C. S. Lewis