Darkness has covered the world as a shroud covers a corpse.
Light cannot ignite on its own, and hope cannot come from even the best of our works.
In this darkness, with a blanket of death wrapped around us, we lie spiritually sleeping.
Our heart may still indeed be beating, but death is really all that we are reaping.
When the time was right, and darkness seemed to permeate all of earthly existence,
The ultimate Light of the World came and shone with an unexpected brilliance.
This Light came like a small burning flame, humble and simple,
But this Light was more than just an ordinary candle flicker.
In him was life, life like mere mortals could not fathom in their comfortable sleep,
A life of peace in the midst of struggle, a hope so different and unique.
This Light was, is and will be light of people, a light that shines in the deepest of darkness,
The Word of God, alive and incarnate.
The world was made through this Light, but the world esteemed it not.
Still the Light came, without hesitation or any second thought.
The Light knew there would be rejection,
But still came to save us from our own self-destruction.
The brightness of the Light hurt the eyes used to the night,
But no matter how much the world tried to extinguish it, the Light still shone ever bright.
Darkness could not, cannot, and will not overcome it,
In fact, the darkness cannot hide and will ultimately submit.
The Light gave a hope to all who believed,
They became sons and daughters of God on high, adopted and redeemed.
By the Light, we can see and do things impossible in the dark,
The Light invites us to follow and with him to walk.
And as one flame can light many fires,
All believers have the light, though we often try to hide it because of fleshly fears.
Darkness can be comfortable, as it keeps our deepest secrets hidden
But only in and by the Light can all our sins be forgiven.
If the Lord is our Light and salvation, of whom shall we be afraid?
Though we are prone to wander, our Light does not stray.
We are children of the Light, lamps made to illuminate the night.
And in the pitch black of night, light shines spectacularly bright.
And so, our Savior says “let your light shine before others,”
That they might glorify the Father with awe, praise, and wonder.
May we live, love, and serve wholeheartedly,
As messengers of God’s great grace and artistry.
And as a candle’s wax eventually runs out,
So does the end of our days on earth eventually come about.
And while our physical forms wear down and decay,
The light of life permeates our souls forever and always.
The Light of the World is Light forever,
And so we are His, forever and ever.