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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Today’s Reading | John 1:1–5

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 came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (NRSV)


The Bible is full of imagery that, despite the passing years, still speaks powerfully to our hearts and minds. The image of light that John draws upon has endured in our religious imagination. Comparing Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God, with light, John writes, “Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”

I take this statement seriously, because it speaks truly about the power of light. The power of light is more noticeable when darkness surrounds it. Rather than darkness overcoming the light, light shines more brightly in the dark. 

What could be a more hopeful metaphor than this? When we feel as though we might be overwhelmed or overtaken by darkness and all the confusion, lack of clarity, and fear that accompany darkness, we can be certain that no amount of darkness will overcome the light of Christ. 


Grant me courage and calm my spirit, Lord. Fill me with confidence and make me certain that no amount of darkness will ever overcome me as long as I live in the light of Christ. I pray in the name of Christ, whose coming I await. Amen.

Written by Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor for Congregational Life

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