A Light in the Dark

“Jeedoo, it’s dark,” cried Aidan, my grandson who was spending the night.  “I’m afraid of the dark.”After a few reassurances and a night light, Aidan went to sleep.I  understand.  I’m a little afraid of the dark too.   I turn lights on, open blinds, close off dark rooms.Most of us, wisely, have some fear of the dark.  Bad things happen in the dark:  I stumble and stub my toe,  I get lost, I have accidents, I make unwise choices.  Even more, evil—sometimes terrible evil-- happens in the darkness.I want a night light in the hall, a flashlight on the path, headlights on the car, street lights on the road.I love light.So I am grateful that “the people living in darkness have seen a great light.”  That light is Jesus.Our God tells us He is the Light of the World.  The one who illuminates the darkness, who enlightens our minds, who shows us the way, who protects us from evil.But here is an astounding, impossible and incomprehensible truth:   Jesus says that I am the light of the World.   And you are the light of the world.Amazing!  He desires to use us to dispel the darkness, to light the way, to shine in dark places, to help lost people see where they are going.How?  He lives in us, loves through us and shines out from us.Lord, may I be a significant night light, a powerful flashlight, a major floodlight.  Use me to help disperse darkness,  dissolve fear, destroy evil.May my light shine.c Judy Douglass