We Are No Longer Alone: In Spite of Darkness, It Was Day

Gloomy night embraced the place
Where the Noble Infant lay;
The Babe looked up and showed his face,
In spite of darkness, it was day.
It was thy day, Sweet! and did rise

Not from the east, but from thine eyes.

Welcome, all wonders in one sight!
Eternity shut in a span;
Summer in winter; day in night;
Heaven in earth, and God in man.
Great little one, whose all-embracing birth
Lifts earth to heaven, stoops heaven to earth.

~Richard Crashaw from “In the Holy Nativity of Our Lord”

“…Christmas will come once again. The great transformation will once again happen. God would have it so. Out of the waiting, hoping, longing world, a world will come in which the promise is given. All crying will be stilled. No tears shall flow. No lonely sorrow shall afflict us anymore, or threaten.
~Dietrich Bonhoeffer in a sermon to a church in Havana, Cuba December 21, 1930

this blessing comes,
take its hand.
Get up.
Set out on the road
you cannot see.

This is the night
when you can trust
that any direction
you go,
you will be walking
toward the dawn.
Jan Richardson (author of Circle of Grace)

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4: 6

On this longest night of the year, I look out the window eagerly hoping for a post-solstice reprieve from interminable darkness. I seek that promise of being led back into the light, even if it will take months to get there. It is a promise that keeps me going even if I can barely perceive the few minutes of extra daylight today. It is from the simple knowledge that things are changing, getting lighter and brighter, that I harvest hope.

God made light through His Word, not once but twice.  In the beginning, He created the sun and the moon to penetrate and illuminate the creation of our hearts and our souls.  In the stable He came to light the world from below as well as from above so those hearts and souls could be saved from self-destruction.

I am showered with His light even on the longest night of the year and forever more, lit from the glory of God reflected in the many faces of Jesus: as newborn, refugee seeking sanctuary, child teacher, working carpenter, healer, itinerant preacher, unjustly condemned, dying and dead, raised and ascended Son of God.

Let the dark days come as they certainly will. They cannot overwhelm me now that I’m lit from within, no matter how deeply the darkness oppresses.

I know His promise.
I know His face.
He knows I know.

2 thoughts on “We Are No Longer Alone: In Spite of Darkness, It Was Day

  1. I have tried in vain, dear Emily Polis Gibson, to find a word that describes for me your message to us today. All the germane ancillary resources that you have chosen here, especially your brief closing three-sentence affirmation of your ‘bombshell’ faith statement brought me to tears – straight through to my soul. If ever humanity — our seriously wounded world infiltrated by spiritual warfare and descending into humanism as a diabolical substitute for our Creator-God it needs the life-soul-restoring guidance of Our Savior who must be grieving by what He sees and by our frantic, hopeful questions and beseeching prayer to Him., His heart must bleed to see so many of His children turning from His boundless forgiving love and compassion and turning back to Him. Our once-democratic nation is racing toward hatred of ‘the other, obsessive greed and cruelty leading to an oligarchy, the seeds of which have been planted and have taken root and grown quickly among us.

    So, Emily, like so many intercessors and prophetic/evangelists of God’s Word to us in Scripture spoken to us anew in our age with meaning for all who seek it.

    My soul bows to your soul, Emily Polis Gibson, in thanksgiving and recognition of your far-flung ministry. You and those like you who minister to people of God’s Divine faith will never know how many lives are touched and re-directed through your ministry — today, yesterday, forever. That is not important — you already know that. It is called humility, love, sweet obedience.

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