Friday, April 22, 2011
Those that are inclined to get up before the first light of day to await the sunrise must wait in the darkness for the beauty that is to come.
So it is with life.
Often, the darkness of life precedes the beauty. We all pass through those periods of darkness, some brief, some extended. The loss of a job, the breakup of a family, illness, and death create those moments of ebony blackness that cause us to wonder if the light will ever penetrate lives and shine again.
And no one is immune.
In the darkest moments of life, the message of Easter is that the light will shine once again. The world has been told that with the Son rise, the dark has been defeated and that the Light shines through. It is a word of hope, a glimpse of what can and will be.
One has to wait in the dark to appreciate the beauty of the sunrise. That is by choice. Life foists its dark moments on us; most do not have a choice. In that darkness, we long for the light.
And when that Light appears, its beauty is overwhelming. Hope is restored. Peace is delivered.
On this Easter, may each of you know that the Light is there. May each of you see its beauty and have your spirit refreshed.
And may you know that the darkness has not won.