It is so good to celebrate that God is light, and that in Him there is no darkness at all. As His children we are called to be His light bearers, to ‘put on the armour of light,’ as Paul puts it, and to share His love and His light with one another and the world. Take time to feast on this prayerful and thought-provoking reflection that Ros and I recorded a few days ago. The music that accompanies it is Franz Liszt’s much loved Le Rossignol (The Nightingale) – the song of the bird that sings at night. Fontane Liang’s rendering of it on the harp bubbles with life and light!
Now the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep. (Gen. 1:2)
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. (Gen. 1:3-4)
Lord, You wrap Yourself in light like a garment (Ps. 104:2)
And all that receives Your light takes on a heavenly hue.
‘Great Father, of glory, pure Father of light, most blessed and most glorious
help us to see,
‘Tis only the splendour of light hideth Thee.’
Draw me to the light.
I stretch out my hands to receive Your touch,
I lift my head to seek Your face,
even as flowers, plants and trees bend towards the sunlight. (1 Jn. 1:5, 7, Is. 2:5)
Jesus, our eyes are lamps to our bodies,
and our spirits lamps that shed light into our innermost being. (Pr. 20:27)
You tell us that if our eyes are healthy, then our whole bodies will be full of light,
but that if our eyes are unhealthy, our bodies will be full of darkness –
and how great that darkness is. (Matt. 6:22-23)
Light of the World, what has light to do with darkness?
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.
Shine Your light into those places in our hearts where murky shadows linger,
fomenting the words and works of darkness.
Jesus, as we put on the armour of light (Rom. 13:12),
help us to put aside the deeds of darkness,
and snuff out any smouldering torches we have lit that owe nothing to Your holy fire
and which produce only the dimmest of lights. (Is. 50:11)
When we find ourselves in the night-time of our senses,
in the dark night of the soul,
the darkness is still as light to You (Ps. 139:12)
You still see and hear and watch and wait.
Lighten our darkness, we beseech You, Lord;
and in Your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers that belong to the night.
Kindle within us the fire of love, that by its cleansing flame, we may be purged of all You cannot own,
so our whole being is filled with Your light to bring You joy.
Everything exposed by the light becomes visible –
and everything that is illuminated itself becomes a light. (See Eph. 5:13 NIV)
One moment in Your illuminating presence changes everything;
and as Your light touches us, so we become carriers of it wherever we go.