Another day, another darkness has fallen. The events of yesterday’s two mass shootings (yes there were two yesterday) darken the skies around us. It’s a bit unnerving this time of year. Advent is itself a time for darkness, a time for us to realize the need for the Light to come and to shine forth in our world. So we wait patiently for this light, we wait for it to come and to fill us with hope.
I have this flashlight. I carry it in my truck everywhere that I go. It is blindingly bright. Bright enough to light up the darkest corner of the darkest room. It’s not very big; it fits in my pocket, and yet the brightness of this tiny little light is amazing. The light doesn’t come from me; it comes from somewhere else, but I am able to use it, to wield it.
You see we are waiting on the light. We are waiting patiently, O so patiently, for this light to enter into our world and to cast out the darkness. It’s true that this light can only come from God but God so often uses tools to make God’s work occur. The thing about these tools is that they are so often you and I.
So I wonder if its possible, maybe, for God to wield us as lights? I wonder if God could shine through us and into the darkest and deepest corners of our world? I wonder if God might be calling us, not to simply wait, but instead to point to the places of darkness and drive them out with the Light?