“The Light shines in the darkness”

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On Sept. 11, many of us remembered where we were 10 years ago on 9/11. I t seemed like evil had won a victory over good, but now we see how the light overcame the darkness. The events of 9/11 actually brought people closer.

We saw the heroics of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the name of God’s goodness and love.

Many times, when we are in the midst of darkness, we feel like we will never see the light again. Despair grips our heart, but we hear the promise that God gave us in the Gospel of John 1:5 “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness will not overcome it.”

The ways of evil will never win, because its nature is to destroy everything around it, and eventually even destroy itself. “Do not return evil with evil, or insults with insults. Instead, pray for blessing. You were called in order to inherit blessing,” (I Peter 3:9).

Let us celebrate the spirit of God’s light that comes into the darkness of our lives and shows us the power of love and hope that will overcome evil acts. God’s love is more powerful than any evil act that is thrust upon us.

Many times when I am struck by an evil act, I want to strike out against that person who has hurt me, but I have realized when I strike out with an action to hurt them, evil wins again. The other person might feel the pain I want them to know they inflicted on me, but at the same time it has damaged my soul as well.

May we resist entering into darkness and stay in the light, seeing the love and goodness of people around us who join in bringing the light of God’s love into our world.

If you find yourself in a place of darkness, may you know if you pray to God and seek his love He will bring His light into your life, “For the Light has come into the world and the darkness will not overcome it.”

(Jerry Zehr is is the pastor of Crittenden Christian Church. He can be reached at jerryzehr1@gmail.com.)