THE LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

DAILY DEVOTIONAL

Monday, April 23, 2018

When times are filled with darkness, how can we possibly find our way?
Even the darkness is not dark to You, O Lord; the night is filled with radiance, for darkness is as light with You. – Psalm 139:12

FIREFLIESIn a certain poetic way, the Lord saved me by way of fireflies. On a desperate night, when the Darkness that was all around me had begun to seep into my soul, I went on a midnight stroll. Part of me went searching for a lifeline from the Lord and part of me wanted to simply slip away. When my prayers had turned to tears and my tears had turned into prayers, I paused to lean against the fence of an open field. And suddenly, either in response to a heavenly command or the Lord adjusting my vision to the night, hundreds of fireflies appeared with their pulsing radiance and their playful dance. That field so filled with empty darkness was not filled with salvation’s Light.

When times are filled with darkness, search for the Light within that Darkness. God’s Presence, God’s Light is everywhere. Even at midnight, even in a moonless, cloudy night … the Light is there waiting for a soul to take the time and the desire to behold it. Sometimes it is in the form of fireflies in an open field; sometimes it is in the form stars turning into angels in a shepherd’s sky; sometimes it is a candle in a window or the Love of someone beginning to glow; but always it is the Presence of God.

I sincerely believe that within this universe both outside us and inside us, there does exists the radiant Light of the Presence of God.

Always in His Service,
Fr. Charitas de la Cruz

About Father Charitas de la Cruz

a Jesuit missionary into realms of dreams and possibilities: a pastor, a counselor, a poet, a photographer, a contemplative Christian, servant of Christ, pen name of Rev. Dr. Jim McWhinnie
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