Even Against the Darkest of Skies

christmas house

The world seems to glow at Christmas, am I right? At what other time are there so many lights? Lights that frame our homes, storefronts, wrap our trees.

Lately, as terror rises in the news and in our hearts, I am reminded of the true dark state of our world. Happy carols fill our nicely decorated homes, but this stark contrast remains – this is a broken world and some atrocious things are happening.

I wonder if for some of us, we have forgotten how to shine? In the hate, the confusion, the fear, the hopelessness, the maddening busyness-  we just settle, maybe unknowingly, maybe with a sense of resignation, to hold little dying embers in our pockets rather than attempt to lift up torches.

But this world is so desperate for a deep, eternal peace.

I think what makes the Christmas story so powerful is in its contrasts. Christ born to die for us. A king yet a servant. A baby yet a messiah. Grace in our brokenness and sin. Peace in our distress. A savior to the dying. Love in our hate. Everlasting light in our darkness.

As the skies grow darker, I’ll fight to keep this close at heart: to remember that there is no brokenness beyond hope and no form of darkness that He has not overcome.

And that Christ has truly come to be the light of the world, the very hope of our hearts, even against the darkest of skies.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” ~ John 8:12

 

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7 thoughts on “Even Against the Darkest of Skies

  1. Kim,
    Thanks for sharing your profound thoughts with us all. It is so brave of you to place into words what is held in your heart. I see the light that shines in you. Enjoy your new home with your loved ones this Christmas season. See you soon!
    Shirlene

  2. Kim, thank you for this reminder. It’s so easy to settle into my own little life and to forget there is a hurting world right outside my door. A world needing to see Jesus’ light, to have a touch of His love in their days. And I loved what you said that there is no brokenness beyond hope. Just LOVED that. Have a wonderful CHRISTmas!

    1. Thank you Jeanne. I agree, it’s easy to settle into “our own little lives” and forget all that is going on right outside our doors. Sometimes the darkness of the world is overwhelming, but there is so much we can do to share the light of Christ with others – even if it is just spending time in prayer or slowing down to notice the small ways we can be a light. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too!

  3. That’s one of the most beautiful Christmas posts I’ve read.
    “This world is screaming for joy, and dying to know peace.” – Oh, dying, literally in some parts of the world, unfortunately.
    By the way, I wish that more people became awakened and just saw that in their business, hatred, etc. they strip themselves of being human and of experiencing the most beautiful feeling there is to feel – love.

    1. Thanks so much for your words! I do believe that the world is desperate for joy and peace… and really, love. Lately, I feel it even more. The world would be such a different place if we all felt loved and knew how to love. Such a simple thought. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and new year.

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