When I was living in Senegal, West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I remember being blown away by the amazing blanket of stars in the night sky. I grew up in a rural community, but even then, we were close enough to other large cities that the light pollution washed away many of the stars. 

The dark of night can be isolating and unsettling, we can find ourselves longing for light to illuminate the shadows. In these spaces, it can be easy to forget that God is still present. But, as we are reminded in Isaiah 45:7, God created not only the light, but also the darkness.  In that space where we feel the smallest and most alone, God is still there holding us. There in the dark as the light pollution of our fears and anxieties fades away, God’s creation shines more beautifully than ever. So, if you find yourself in that space, know this—God is with you, so let your beautiful light shine.

God of revelation, thank you for meeting us in the light and in the dark. Continue to be with us so that we might know and share the hope to which we have been called through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rita Argus, 2014, Seminarian

I form light and create darkness, I make weal and create woe; I the Lord do all these things.

Isaiah 45:7