From John 1:6 – 9: “There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.”
Biblically speaking, the story there, as far as I know before God created the world, there was no light, because God said “Let there be light” to start the whole mess off. Isn’t this true of physics as well? Darkness is the default. Light is a gift. Even a tiny candle can break up the darkness. Yet that is not necessarily I think the same as saying that darkness is bad. Dark in the womb, but babies grow. Dark in winter but seeds are waiting, and some even need the dark and cold to ready them to sprout. yes? Night time fears are so much worse than daylight fears — that’s when we are all “one phone call from our knees” and we bless the light: Thank you God for creating this whole mess, this beautiful terrible amazing everything, and for walking with us in the midst of it, every step a step into light, into healing, into birth.
How brave of God Himself, how generous, how shocking, how loving: He lived for nine months enclosed safely in dark womb, a time that strikes me as exactly between very God and very human, a time that light rested in darkness and it was good.
Hooray for the birth of true light! Merry Christmas everyone!