"Let there be light" Devotional

March 24, 2020

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.  Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.  Genesis 1:1

The beginning of creation is awesome to imagine.  There was nothing – no thing – and then the wind of God’s spirit swept over this nothingness and God began to create.  The very first thing that God created was light. 

I remember getting my first flashlight.  Before, after I was supposed to be in bed, I would take a book over to the light coming under the door and try to see the pictures and the words. When my parents gave me a flashlight, I immediately began to huddle under my sheets with my book and stay up way beyond my bedtime, quickly flicking it off if I heard feet approaching.  I felt so powerful being able to control the light in the dark.

Life could not be created without light.  God separated the light from the darkness and created order and from this order God created life.  John, the gospel-writer, declares that Jesus Christ is the light of all people, the light that shines in the darkness.  Our lives may feel disordered right now in particular.  Most of us have times in our journeys where we feel like we are in a place of darkness.  We wait for God’s wind to sweep over us and create something new.  We are waiting right now for some order to be brought out of the chaos that the coronavirus has brought into the normal order of our lives and of the world. 

But day still comes after night, the sun rises and sets, and Christ still lives in our hearts.  The light that was present at the beginning of creation and shone through Jesus Christ is the same light that was present yesterday and will be tomorrow.  So we open our eyes to live in the light of this day and to see the light of Christ even in the smallest things around us – a piece of music, the flash of a cardinal, and the smile of another who warms the room. Like turning on the flashlight we have the power to be this light to another if we so choose.  Be that light!

Prayer: Creator God, particularly when our lives feel disordered, we pray that you may show us the light that shines each day and be bearers that light to others.  Amen.

Devotional provided by Rev. Susan Roddey, a UCHS Director of Spiritual Life