MONDAY, March 30, 2020

John 1:2-5
He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

I remember where I was when the full meaning of this scripture spoke to me. I was at Chapel, while attending an EFM Mentor training seminar at Sewanee. Following Chapel, I was able to discuss this scripture with one of the Seminarians. I am drawn to the eternal mystery of this scripture. It has become the concrete in my spiritual foundation of the sacred, eternal depth of the being of Jesus Christ. Christ was “In the beginning with God”, active in creation, then became “Incarnate” in human flesh, and was therefore able to make the eternal God known to mankind. The first two persons of the Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son.

When I struggle with my impairments and weaknesses, I try to remind myself to view a situation as Christ would. When I find myself becoming judgmental, I try to stop and look into another’s eyes and see the beauty of their uniqueness. I imagine that God created a world of diversity so that the world would be more beautiful and colorful. I like to imagine human diversity as a wide array of colors, and these colors are like the threads woven into a beautiful tapestry. I view this tapestry as evolving in pattern, ongoing, eternal.

Christ brought the Light into the world, and the Light is my shield to the darkness. I am reminded daily that I must open myself to the Light through reflection, prayer, and reading scripture. I do fall short. I have sinned against God in “thought, word, and deed”, and I am ever grateful for Christ’s mercy, love, and compassion. I am thankful for the peace he brings into the world and my life. I am thankful for His creation, and the community of Christians. I also know that I can never feel worthy of his sacrifice. As I travel the journey from Christmas and the Light entering the world, to Easter with the crucifixion and Resurrection, I find myself transitioning from elation to despair, to an awe of the Eternal being.

I am thankful that the “Light” overcomes the “Darkness”. I do have faith that good overshadows evil, and therefore I feel that God is active in His creation. I am prayerful that the Light glows greater within myself and others, and that the Light directs us to love, understand, and help others. This was the model that Christ brought to us. As I constantly face my weaknesses, I pray for greater authenticity, and that I, through a Christ-centered life, may feel the warmth of HIs Light. It is an ongoing journey.

Thanks be to God for the Light!

-Merrilee Allen