“This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, taht God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.” – 1 John 1:5
Light means everything as it actually is out in the open without shame. Nothing dark or scary or hidden exists in the light. God doesn’t do dark or scary or hidden. So if you are coming to God, you can do so as your whole and exact self, nothing dark or scary or hidden.
I wanna be in the Light, as You are in the Light. I wanna shine like the stars in the heavens.
It appears that the United States is in a time when everything is getting dragged out into the Light. Racism. Privilege. Ignorance. All of the ways that the whole country was set up to keep the powerful powerful and the oppressed oppressed.
In many ways this is good and helpful. Because we cannot fix things until we drag them out into the Light and take a good look at all of the ways they are broken. Notice, it’s the THINGS that are broken, not the people living within the things (systems, societies, governments).
God of Light, help us to recognize the dark, scary, and hidden things so that we can fix what is broken and heal what has been hurt and leave behind that which is not serving us as a whole. Help us to build a nation where everyone feels safe in the Light because there is help and healing and creating and growing here. Help us to build systems and procedures that remedy the dark and scary and hidden things instead of keeping them scary and hidden. Help us to celebrate and emulate those among us who are living out in the Light, dancing and creating and healing, teaching and learning.
As a whole, we are not okay. But that has never stopped You or your children from shining like Lights from heaven as Lights on a hill. Help us to recognize Light and go towards it. Give us courage to uncover our dark and scary and hidden things in order to mend them, heal them, or get rid of them.
In all things and all ways today, help us to consider others, especially those who are different from us, as we make decisions.