Wednesday, August 30, 2017 10:39 AM

Light That Rises in the Darkness

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 10:39 AM
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 10:39 AM

One of my favorite people ever is the late Jane Merchant. She spent most of her life in bed suffering from illness. Yet she wrote some of the most beautiful and meaningful poetry followed by a prayer in her devotional book, In Green Pastures, ever written. The following prayer from that great work is most appropriate for August 2017. This month has reminded us in so many ways that there is still much evil and darkness with which we must defeat through God’s presence and love. Her prayer following the poem FOR ALL THE GLORY reminds us that there is light born even out of darkness.

WE THANK THEE, HEAVENLY FATHER, for light that rises in the darkness, and for the darkness that makes us realize how lovely is the light. Thou knowest our hearts, O God: thou knowest we would not choose the darkness or the storm; we would not choose the valley of the shadow; we would avoid all sorrow if we could. We thank thee, Lord, that out of the experiences from which we shrink, we learn the glory of light, the comfort of thy presence, and the sufficiency of thy consolations. We thank thee in Christ’s name. AMEN

Heather Heyer, who was murdered by a white supremacist and neo nazi in Charlottesville, Virginia like so many innumerable others murdered by KKK and other people filled with hate, will forever be such a light shining above and beyond the wretched darkness embodied in those hate groups. Indeed, the light of the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ still shines above and beyond such absolute evil and idiocy.

Thank God for the light of Christ.

– Doug Fairbanks

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