The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:5 (NIV)
According to the official website of the Northwest Territories: “The Northwest Territories is the Land of the Midnight Sun, where summer daylight is everlasting. Two a.m. looks pretty much like high noon. All night, birds chirp, kids play, fishermen fish and golfers golf. Campers get their days all turned around, eating lunch at midnight and crawling into their sleeping bags in the morning – because really, when each day is blissfully infinite, you just do whatever feels right. The midnight sun is so wonderfully, wildly weird.”
If anyone can understand the challenge of darkness, it is a Canadian. This time of the year, we rejoice that the amount of daylight is noticeably more than just a few months ago. In our far north, they are reaching the time of the year when the sun will not set for weeks, even months. We celebrate these, and love this time of the year. The battle between light and darkness is one of the major themes of the Bible. In describing Jesus, John 1:5 says, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” The world without Jesus is dark. Those of us who grew up in Christian homes, and have been protected from some of the darkest corners of our world, are fortunate. But I have met some former child soldiers in Africa, and have spoken with women who have been trafficked. They, and millions of others, understand just how dark our world can be. They also understand the power of Jesus, who brought them out of the darkness into the blazing light of His love and grace. Jesus can bring light into your darkness as well. Invite Him to do so.
These have been words from the heart.