This morning’s lunar eclipse set me to thinking about the ways we experience your light in our darkness.
Knowing that the moon produces no light of its own but rather reflects the light of the sun, we thank you for those people and for those events that reflect your light; thank you for all of the means that you in your grace use to let us see your light even in the darkest nights that our souls encounter.
Sometimes, though, just as the earth passes between the sun and the moon to block the sun’s light so that the moon does not reflect it as fully, the problems and stresses of life on earth can make it difficult for us to perceive your light. And sometimes you may choose to withhold some of your light from us for our own good and for the sake of our own growth.
An eclipse prevents us from seeing the light as fully as we would have without the eclipse; sometimes we are unable, for whatever reason, to see your light in the darkness as much as we would like to see it.
Give us grace and faith to appreciate what light we have in either situation; give us grace and faith to praise you for the light and to praise you in the darkness.
After all, as beautiful as the light is, the darkness, in its way, has its own awesome and terrible beauty.
And if we’ll look hard enough, we’ll still see the light, at least around the edges …