[Alicia Slywka is an outreach worker, trying to better the lives and health of some of Regina’s most disadvantaged people. Day by day, she is learning what it means to live an uncomfortable life, as well as trying to let god stretch, change and use her.]
Arise, Jerusalem, and shine like the sun;
The glory of the Lord is shining on you!
Other nations will be covered by darkness,
but on you the light of the Lord will shine;
The brightness of his presence will be with you.
Nations will be drawn to your light,
and kings to the dawning of your new day.
Nations will be covered by darkness.
We live in a world filled with brokenness and darkness. Everywhere we turn, we see pain and suffering, poverty and injustice, discrimination and racism; everywhere we turn, we see satan at work. He is rejoicing in our sin and brokenness; he is rejoicing in darkness.
But on you, the light of the Lord will shine; the brightness of his presence will be with you.
There is hope though – hope in a dark world; hope in light. As Christians, we are called to be light; we are called to shine in a world that is filled with so much darkness; filled with so much brokenness, pain and suffering. There is hope through God, a father, who loves us unconditionally. A Father who sent his only son to die for us, so that we may be saved from darkness. There is hope through a son. A son who took on the weight of the world so that we could know the father. There is hope through light; hope through love, through new life, through forgiveness. Hope.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Nations will be drawn to your light.
So, let’s do what we are called to do; shine! Shine his light so that the world can see; shine his light so that the darkness is lit; shine his light so that people can know his goodness, his truth, his love. We have been given so much hope that we must share. Share it with the world, so they can also feel that hope. Share it with the world, so that people will be drawn to his light. “Darkness doesn’t drive out darkness; only light can do that.” Let’s drive out darkness with the beautiful light we have been given.