WEEK ONE: HOPE IN THE DARKNESS
The Glimmer of a Nightlight
Psalm 27:1 (NRSV)
The Lord is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?
Night lights can be such a gift for parents of children! These tiny lights seem to keep those ‘monsters’ away. Night lights enable children to see their surroundings better while making the shadows less dark and threatening. The soft glow of a night light provides enough light for children to see, but usually not enough to disturb their sleep. Another comforting benefit is that children are assured that they can be seen by those who are watching over them. They know they are being protected by loving guardians who will look in on them throughout the night.
We can all be assured that God is watching over us. With or without a night light, we know that we are seen and loved. All night long. Through every darkness, God still sees us, comforts us, holds us, and helps us. We can rest more easily, knowing that, no matter what, God is the stronghold of our lives, and there is no need to be afraid.
Today we have hope because God’s love shines on us to brighten our deepest darkness. We have hope in knowing that we are always seen by our God who cares for us more than we can comprehend or imagine. We have hope because we can sleep peacefully through the darkest night under God’s watchful gaze.
Hope shines under God’s watchful, loving gaze.