Walking in Darkness
"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light." ~ Isaiah 9:2
It's darker here, in Connecticut, than I expected. I think it's all the trees.
I just moved a month ago, and it's funny. The darkness took me by surprise, even though I've lived in New England before.
I took my dog for a walk in my new neighborhood, where the sidewalks are non-existent. I've been told--and have no desire to discover for myself--that bobcats and coyotes like the neighborhood too. I keep my dog close.
For the first few days it bothered me, this darkness. And then my eyes adjusted. Even if I forgot my mini flashlight at home, somehow I could still see.
There's no dualism here: I'm in favor of Christmas lights and hygge candles and happy lamps for those who get blue this time of year. But I also know that the darkness has things for us too, if only we give it a chance.
Christ's light doesn't actually need light to be seen. It just needs eyes that are willing--willing to see in the dark.