Light Surrounds Us, by Kris Rooney

Did you see the moon yesterday?  On my morning run, a beautiful, golden moon kept showing its face as the group and I turned on to different streets.  And once it was behind us, we were then faced with a sky of blues, purples, pinks and yellows as the sun began to peek out over the trees.  It really struck me how much light wants to overcome the darkness.  The light was behind us and in front of us and, in a very gentle way, pushing out the black sky.  That simple morning exercise creates our days.

“For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.  And not only this, but also we ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons [and daughters] the redemption of our body.  For in hope we have been saved…we wait eagerly for it,”  (Romans 8:22-25).

And so we wait in hope, not only to be saved in death but saved in life too.  There are little deaths that happen to us.  Job lay offs.  Sickness.  Relationships that aren’t what we wish they were.  A harsh word.  These little deaths can turn us inward.  They cause an ache.  Our hearts can go dark.  It may sometimes feel like the light will never come.  But it always does.  Jesus promised a happy ending.  It is in hope we have been saved.  How different our lives are if we constantly look for the light.  We will find it is behind us and in front of us.  It is never far away.  It has been there the whole time.  It groans to be with us.  Hope is knowing the light is there, even when we can’t see it.  Light will always overcome the darkness.  We (I) must trust that it will and look for it.

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