The Darkness Has Not Overcome Our Light

Psalm 36: 5 – 9

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
    your justice like the great deep.
    You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
    you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light.

I’m not one to watch or follow the news, but this afternoon, even I heard of the terror committed in Paris. We only live a few hours train-ride away, so this comes terribly close. Hearing the individual stories is heartbreaking and frightening. A day later, I’m hearing of the horror in Beirut… I’m now praying for all those affected, both in Beruit and Paris, that they may feel God’s love embrace and carry them, and for peace and wisdom to guide those in power in Europe and beyond.

As I went running today with my husband, my mind wandered to the darkening, wintry landscapes that will meet us in the coming days. But I also saw images of growth beneath the ground, deep down in the dark, the Hand of God bringing hope, light in the darkness. We do not see it yet, but it is there, hidden in the dark, under the shadow of His Wings. And it gave me hope, both for this darkening world around us and for us as a family, who felt the shadow of darkness descend in force this very day, two years ago, as Mum lay in hospital, scans showing a mass growing in her brain. No, darkness, you do not have the final say:

John 1: 5 (NIV)

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Will you join me in singing of and praying for Our Light to Break the Darkness:

Let Your Light Shine in the Darkness

Father God You look on me

Yet see no sin or shame
You see Your Son who died for all
To take away my blame
He left his Father’s glorious throne
All radiance set aside
And hung alone eclipsed by sin
‘Til sin was crucified

Let Your light shine in the darkness
Let Your light shine in the darkness

Empty now the threat of death
As Empty lay the grave
And all whose faith is in his life
Will know His power to save
Christ returned to heaven above
In glorious light and power
And by His Spirit I have hope
To light my darkest hour

Let Your light shine in the darkness
Let Your light shine in the darkness

As the moon reflects the sun
Now radiant we stand
Freed from sin and Satan’s grip
God’s kingdom is at hand
Darkness, sin and death retreat
And flee the marching dawn
His love casts out our fear and doubt
So let His church shine on

Let Your light shine in the darkness
Let Your light shine in the darkness

2012 Greg De BlieckPaul Robertson CCLI – 6467924

Performed by Emily Smith
Words & Music: Paul Robertson and Greg de Blieck
Drums: Stuart Spence
Fiddle: Graham McGeoch
Electric Guitar: Kyle Irwin

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