10.13.2007

light

In the beginning
In the beginning
Before oceans and sunsets
Before iguanas
Before color and time…when all there was was darkness


In the beginning
God created the heavens and the earth.
Before laughter and tears and hunger.
Before there was ever fighting and war.
Before there was madness
And taxes. And coffee.
Before us—
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

He made everything you can see—
And some things you can’t.
He separated the earth from the heavens and the sea from the dry land.
He created grass and tulips and daisies and cacti and palm trees.

Then, he created two great lights—
the sun and the moon—
to shine down over the earth.
The greater one, the sun, to reign during the day
and the lesser, the moon, overseeing the night.
God set these lights in the heavens to light the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness.
To separate light from dark.

But he didn’t stop there.
He created horses and eagles and koala bears—
and over all these,
As their master,
He created people—
Man and woman—
You and me—
Created us in his image, to be like him.
To live in this world of light separated from darkness.

The created walked with the Creator in his world.
They walked beside him, with him.
Until the day they chose to believe a lie—
a clever lie, shrouded in darkness—
And chose this lie over the light, over the Creator—
Chose to hide themselves in darkness rather than walk in light.

Now the created—
Those fashioned by the Creator of light,
to walk in the light—
Those created to be children of light

were lost in the darkness.

But being lost was just the beginning.
Walking in darkness was just the beginning.
In the darkness there is stumbling.
Falling. Pain.
There is jealousy and anger and murder and death.
Lies, deceit of all kinds. War.
Hatred.
Abuse.
These things, and so many more, these things of the dark—
Thrived under the cover of darkness.
And the Created ones
having chosen darkness over light
were powerless to fight against them.

But—although it could not be seen,
the Creator of light had a plan—
A plan to bring light back to the world of darkness.
There was a plan—
To illuminate the darkness.

O come, o come Emmanuel.
We are lost in the darkness and cannot find our way home.

In the beginning—
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made;
without him nothing was made that has been made.
In him was life, and that life was the light—
the light of all people.

The light shines in the darkness
and the darkness cannot overcome it.
People walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness, a light has dawned.

To shepherds—angels wrapped in light.
To wisemen—a guiding star.
To all
—a baby king lying in a manger.

The light—the true light—
That illuminates and frees us from darkness—

Has come.

2 comments:

~alicia said...

I don't know how you do it Suzi, but you always manage to manipulate words to make them the most beautiful and meaningful pieces of literature. Your insights get me everytime. Thank you for sharing.

marilyn said...

This is one of the most profound readings I have read for a long time. Thank you Suzi for being so creative and allowing God to use you to open up our hearts to even more of what God wants to say to us through His Word. You are an amazing person and one I count it a privilege to know. Thank you. Marilyn

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