Devotional – Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Let There Be Light

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men [and women – sic]. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  John 1:1 – 5 (ESV)

John 1:1-5 (ESV)

Soon after our SJP lock-down began on March 16, we asked our daughter to pick up a few items and deliver them to the gatehouse. From there, the “essentials”  (1 Rx, 2 bottles of wine) were brought to us through the fence. We texted our thanks to her and she responded with a photo of empty shelves at Wal-Mart. I didn’t know whether to be shocked or amused by what previously occupied those now vacant spaces. Light bulbs. Not a single bulb was in the store.

Light bulbs. Okay, I get people stocking up on toilet paper. I get the run on disinfectants. But light bulbs? As the children say in Worship and Wonder, “I wonder?” I wonder why anyone, much less a throng of desperate shoppers, would feel an urge to accumulate light bulbs? Are they afraid their stay-at-home days will become endless months without in-store shopping? Are they afraid on-line shipping will break the fragile glass? Are they afraid that if their indoor lighting fails that they will be in the dark? If so, does that mean that they are afraid of the dark? 

I suspect that this latter scenario is occurring. We fear the absence of real or artificial light. Particularly in these uncertain times, we fear the inner darkness of not knowing. The prologue to John’s Gospel offers a light bulb to all of those, all of us, who are “in the dark.” Though not mentioned by name, Jesus is soon identified by John as the light of life who has come to dispel not just our gloom but the fear from which our sense of gloom and doom arises. Jesus is not just the light at the end of the tunnel of misery inflicted by COVID-19. Jesus is the tunnel through whom we can, must, will get through this to the other side, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. With Jesus, Immanuel, God-with-us to guide us, we will emerge from all of this scary stuff into the light of God’s life, full and eternal, for each and all of God people.

May you be enlightened by the presence and peace of Christ this day and all your days. Amen.

Offered by Rev. Dr. Tip Tipton

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