“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.”- Revelation 21:3-4
Light allows us to explore darkness – it does not remove the darkness or sorrow but allows us to see the entirety of presence.
The light casts a shadow, though the shadow is not the forefront. The shadow can be passed by and the light itself wholly basked in. We cannot overlook darkness, we frantically search for the glimmer of light that will lead us away.
Shadows and glimmers, the reminders that we are never truly without either light or darkness. The light will always win and will always sustain us. Even in the darkest nights, the sun rises every morning to cast out the terror. We trust that the day will always break forth, even when we cannot see the sun. When all hope seems lost in death on a cross, God’s defeat of death on Easter morning leads us to everlasting hope. Our God of life and light will always steady our swaying, spinning spirits.
Hope lives outside the tomb of darkness. Hope lives beyond the cross of unbearable suffering. Hope lives in the God that never abandons us. Hope lives in God’s radical breaking into our lives where we never imagined. Hope lives in the heart of the Gospel. Hope lives in the truths of our soul that remind us we are alive; we are beloved creatures of God’s own making. Hope lives in the beauty of the world God created for us. Hope lives in the promise of Christ, our human, risen Lord. Hope lives in the love that leads our world to light. Hope will always live.
Creator God, you bear light and bring us into your embrace to bask in it. We live for the powerful hope you provide in Christ Jesus. Amen.