Word Up Wednesday: Light / by Donna Olivia Owusu-Ansah

As promised, I am continuing Word Up Wednesday by featuring reflections written during my Clinical Pastoral Education Internship. The following was written in December 2015. Again, Scripture was added and minor edits made to be shared here on www.reverendmotherrunner.com.

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?
— (Psalm 27:1 NIV)

About two months or so ago, as the days began to shorten, when I picked my 2.5 year old daughter up from daycare she would say, “Mommy, no dark. Mommy, no dark.” Mommy, no dark was her way of expressing the disappointment with the shorter days. In her world, the darkness took away her opportunity to play out-side after a long day at school. Each and every day, up until about a week ago, she would say, “Mommy, no dark” as if I had the power to make the sun shine again.

But then something changed. On our drive home from school one day last week, she noticed a house decorated with lights. “Mommy, look” she exclaimed! Lights! A week has passed, and she no longer laments the darkness. Our drive home has taken on a new dialogue:

“More lights?” she asks. 

“Yes, honey,” Mommy will show you more lights.

Wow! She screams out, as we pass a house with flashing white lights. “More lights.”

“Yes, honey,” Mommy will show you more lights.

“Ooooh. Boo-tee-ful. More lights.”

This goes on as we make a circle around the neighborhood viewing about six more houses.”

“One more and then we have to go home. Mommy has to make dinner and get you and your sister ready for night-night.

“Okay,” she says.

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Image taken from www.pexels.com

If you think about it, the darkness has not changed. But my daughters wonder at the beauty in the midst of the darkness has changed her lamenting into joy. In this life, we will experience situations and circumstances that are full of despair and disappointment. As trained as we are in this room, in our humanity we still feel the pain and sadness of death. In our lives outside of work, we also bear burdens and heaviness and great responsibilities that can overwhelm. Surely, lamenting is an appropriate response. But I wonder if in the midst of our lamenting, as we sit in spaces of disappointment and despair, that we might begin to see that there is indeed beauty and wonder all around us. The darkness does not change, but in the midst of it, light is always present.

Let us pray...

Gracious God, we are grateful thankful that you are our Light in the midst of darkness. Shine in us, around us, and through us as we move about our daily lives. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.