A Long, Dark Night

Peggy Byland

Read: John 1:1-18

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (v. 14)

The day began sunny and calm, but as the sun rose in the sky so did the wind. The leaves shook on the trees and the branches bent. The waves swelled on DeTour Passage. I stopped at the salon to get my hair trimmed and returned to the Manse just as the electricity went out. I walked back to the salon and learned the electricity was out all the way to the Soo Locks. It was going to be a long, dark night. With candles for light, I peeled and cut the rescued apples from the neglected apple trees. They would make wonderful additions to muffins, cakes, and pies.

The world lives in a state of darkness; maybe not the lack of artificial light, but the darkness of life without the Light of God. When God chose to come near, to send his Son, in human image, to earth as Jesus, he chose to dwell among us; he moved into the neighborhood. Jesus became a brother, a son, a friend, a healer, and a teacher. Jesus came to help us know goodness and kindness—to know him—the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). He taught us to live as sons and daughters of God, righteous in thoughts and deeds. He came to grace our lives with love. —Peggy Byland

As you pray, ask the Lord to shine the Light of life into our sin and sadness and give us hope.