What of the horrific shootings today in CT and the stabbings in China? My heart breaks, along with the hearts of all decent people. These are a few sentences I wrote for this week’s sermon, yesterday. I am reading them today with new eyes and will not deliver them Sunday in the same way I had originally planned.
The story of the birth of Jesus is not that the light comes and extinguishes all the darkness and we all live happily ever after. For now, we live in a world filled with both realities. It is a world of incredible darkness and light. A world filled with death and life. Life is always there with death. Light is always shining in darkness. There is always hope. And the darkness can never extinguish the light. No amount of evil, or suffering, or violence, can extinguish the light. That is the message. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”