O Oriens (O Dayspring)
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. Isaiah 9:2
What does it mean to walk in darkness? Do those who struggle to pay bills or live without enough walk in darkness? Or is it the unemployed, the addicted, the unwell? It is easy to imagine categories of people who we imagine might be in darkness, some of them are.
But deep darkness does not restrict itself to those who we call poor. In fact, those with little money or basic employment are often not poor in spirit at all. They struggle but they love and laugh. Deep darkness is often found in places which sparkle and in the hearts of people who seem to have everything the world has to offer. Deep darkness envelops those who have everything and, somehow, begin to realize they have nothing.
Jesus comes as the Light of the World. We are bearers of that light. We need to be attentive to where darkness lies in those around us. Smiling faces are not always joyful spirits just as sadness does not always erase a fire burning within.
Lord, help me to see where your light is needed in this world and to bear it gently and with courage. As we approach Christmas, reveal your great light in my heart, so that I may reveal your light to the world. Amen