There Is Always Light
It started with a huge lump in my throat that turned into full-fledged ugly crying as she read the last line:
When day comes, we step out of the shade aflame and unafraid. The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.
If you have been a regular reader of the Daily Devos over the past several years, you know I love a good poem. When you want to truly capture the essence of a feeling in ways that transcend dry-as-toast explanations... you need a poet to do it properly.
There was so much I loved about that last line because it spoke to a hopeful future beyond all of the deep, fissures, and great gulfs that have been created between us and our fellow citizens in recent years.
The light we seek to lead us forward into a new day just might be found in one another. But it takes courage to see it. And it takes courage to let our own light shine, to live into the hope of what it means to truly shine.
I am reminded now of another poetic line, only this one came from Jesus himself:
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.