The Gift of Light
I don’t know if any of you have ever been in a cave, or on a cave tour, but they are quite interesting. One particular cave I went on we entered into a room that was almost fully enclosed, and our cave guide told us this room was completely dark, meaning there was no light at all, and so when the lights were turned out, we got to experience complete, and I mean complete, darkness. Now, to scare us, our guide also told us that if we remained there too long, maybe for a few days, we would go completely blind. And while this is scientifically untrue, the complete darkness was suffocating, scary, and real…and while one’s eyes may not go blind, I definitely felt anxiety within me without light shining in.
How dark must our world get before we realize that we need to be the gift of light to one another? We live in a society that has spun so far out of control, that we can sling arrows across the world at each other and do so in the name of freedom.
How dark must our world get before we go completely blind? We demonize the innocent and the needy, we make it their fault they are homeless, we make it their fault they need help, and we turn a blind eye, pun intended, to their needs.
How dark must our world get before we no longer see the light? We fail to see the good in each other, we fail to be patient with one another, we fail at being Christian to one another, because we fail to love one another.
Jesus was and is the gift of light to our world and we use our history, our tradition, our faith to do everything opposite of what Jesus called and is calling us to do. But in order to fully demonstrate this, I want to tell us what the gift of light does or does not do:
Despite complete blindness from the cave I spoke of at the beginning being a myth that the guide used to make our experience a little scary; we have all experienced temporary blindness at some point or another. We have all had someone turn on a light in a dark room, or walked out of a movie theater into a bright day, or something similar that forces us to kind of put our hand up, blink profusely, be in a little pain, but then ultimately we get used to the light and adjust accordingly.
How fitting a metaphor for how God works in our life. Perhaps a little discomforting to know that love is the only answer, perhaps a bit painful to remember the sins of our past, perhaps forces us to put our hands up wondering what in the world we can do, and perhaps we blink profusely because the tears of knowledge that God’s love is enough for us and the world are streaming down our face.
And as such, I have saved the greatest part of the gift of Light for last: the Gift of Light heals. It takes broken people and makes them whole, it takes broken souls and renews them, it takes people who know not love and loves them, it takes a world torn apart and mends it back together and it takes you and I to do it, for we have seen Jesus in our lives, and that gift is meant to be shared. We no longer have to live in darkness, fear, doubt, or misery; for we know what it is like in the light and we get to choose. Our blindness is only temporary. It is when we choose the gift of Light that our eyes are opened and we see, Amen