Isaiah 60:1-2,19

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you… The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.

The Lord is your light

Many years ago, when a sophomore in college, I had a period of serious depression. I have had earlier and later episodes of depression but none as bad as that time. It was the patient love of Don and my parents that brought me safely through it. During that time of depression, I pictured myself as in a very long dark tunnel with only a very tiny opening of light at the end of it. Day after day, there was little change in that light. I truly felt myself to be in thick darkness with no end in sight.

Right now, it seems like the whole world is covered in a thick darkness, a darkness that we have named COVID-19. We’re all experiencing this darkness. We’re all in this new tunnel together. We have no definitive knowledge of exactly how it began … or when it will end. We only know that scientists worldwide are seeking to discover its origin and labs worldwide are trying to develop vaccines to stop it.

Ah, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Isaiah 60:1 and 19, tell us the light at the end tunnel is already here. Even if it seems like we don’t see the light of the sun or the moon in the tunnel, the light of world has come, an everlasting light.

Here and there, there are already tiny sparkles of light, neighbors calling to offer help to each other, a family member who is working because his company manufactures machines to make parts for medical equipment, a fellow St. Timothy member plays beautiful music on Facebook to calm our troubled souls, Facebook friends sharing prayers to give us hope and amusing posts to cheer us.

Even in the midst of darkness, we are blessed.

—Arline Johnson


Prayer:  Lord, we pray that people throughout our darkened world will seek and find your light.

To ponder: Have you ever felt yourself to be in such darkness that you haven’t known where to turn for light?