In the summer of 2015, I was called to two
churches in far southwest Kansas. Coming from
Omaha, Nebraska, a relatively large urban center
to the rural farming and ranching community
where I live now was kind of a culture shock.
One of the biggest differences was how dark it
gets out in the country. We have streetlights in
town, but it can get pretty dark pretty quick the
farther out you get. Darkness is one of those
primal things – you can get over the childish fear
of just being in the dark, but most of us are never
truly comfortable not being able to see what’s
going on around us. Maybe it is an all too human
control thing, wanting mastery over our situation
and environment, but the darkness can often
confuse us and hide things that could potentially
harm us. Even if we’re not afraid of the dark
anymore, a healthy respect for it is certainly in
The Creation story from Genesis tells us that God
spoke light into being to bring order to chaos. He
sent Jesus to be the light for all humankind, to
restore order to our world which had descended
into chaos once again due to our selfishness and
disobedience. Jesus told us that we are the light of
the world, called to bring the brightness of God’s
love to everyone, everywhere. In Acts, we see the
fire of the Holy Spirit illumine the disciples and
energize their ministry. God’s plan is for us to
work with Him, to be partners in that continuing
ministry. What a wonderful gift! What an
Are you in a dark place? God can bring you into
His light if you call on Him. Are you ready to be
God’s light in the world? You may feel inadequate
in the face of all that requires. If so, you’re in good
company. Nearly everyone we hear God call in
scripture says they are not up to the challenge.
God provided comfort and capability for them, and
He will equip you as well!
Father of light, in You there is no darkness at all.
Help us to see that we can reflect Your light and
love in a world that is desperately seeking hope.
Show us Your plan for our lives and make us burn
brightly for You! Amen.