An Advent Lament

Lamentations 3:

“Peace has been stripped away, and I have forgotten what prosperity is.”

“If people crush underfoot all the prisoners of the land, if they deprive others of their rights in defiance of the Most High, if they twist justice in the courts–doesn’t the Lord see all these things?”

“Lord, you have come to my defense; you have redeemed my life. You have seen the wrong they have done to me, LORD. Be my judge, and prove me right.”

“You have seen the vengeful plots my enemies have laid against me…LORD, you have heard the vile names they call me.”

John 1:

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”

“He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.”

There’s a crack in the wall. A crack that splits past reality from present reality. There’s a breaking of glass as the crack reaches the window and climbs to the ceiling. Suddenly bursting forth is an evil long forgotten but never erased forever. And now that it’s remembered, it cannot be pushed back below the surface again.

Now that it’s remembered, nothing will be normal again. Or perhaps even good again. But now the light pours through the chasm opened up by what began as a tiny crack in the subconscious mind.

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it ever again. The truth is out and with that truth, now love can come in and do its pain-filled, healing work.

Far too long, bandaids covered gaping, festering wounds of trauma. Far too long, isolation harbored a stagnant, lonely soul.

The light shines in the darkness. But the darkness cannot overcome it ever again. Yet it lingers in the shadows–lingers on till the dawn of something much more powerful coming through to destroy it once and for all.

Until then, with these walls now broken down, there must be something better than this.

Until then, move towards the light. Move towards this Light that shines in the darkest parts of the past and present of who you are.

Until then, fight for people in the midst of their pain.

Until then, be part of the light that shines in the darkness.

Don’t let the darkness overcome you.

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