In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:4-5 NIV
In The Darkness
On Sept. 23, 2022, Gary Colwell held an outdoor party at night with absolutely no lights. People from across Ontario flocked to the North Frontenac Township Dark Sky Preserve about two hours west of Ottawa to stargaze under dark skies. In big cities, powerful artificial lighting 24 hours a day makes for brighter skies, making stars less visible. But in the 44,871 square kilometres of the dark sky preserve, bylaws control when people can turn on artificial lights and what kind of lighting people can use.
Some months ago, a man named Bart sent me an email that said “People and flashlights. Flashlights and people – all of our batteries run low from time to time. Flashlights use AAA or AA or C or D batteries. We can’t physically change a person’s power pack, but when their light is low, we can give them AA, or attention and affection, AAA attention and affection with acceptance, or C compassion or D direction. If those don’t work, we can sit with them and be a light in their darkness until they feel a bit brighter.” I thought when I first read this it was the perfect parable of what God did in sending Jesus. John 1:4-5 says “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Jesus came to join us in our spiritual, emotional and physical darkness. When He arrived on that first Christmas, the light of Glory shone into this world. He remains with us today, crucified, risen and unleashed through us who know Him. Christmas is about light – the light of Jesus in us.
These have been words from the heart.