by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020
Oct 22 to Jan 6 reflections from an upcoming book for tending hurting hearts at Christmas
The revelations from God which quench my soul’s thirst are also Light. They enable me to pick up my cross and follow.
For the moment all is seemingly dark and growing darker. Light more broadly still fading. An inner emptiness in the season this year.
It is precisely then in this darkening place that I catch a glimpse of a glimmer. A soft hint of undeniable bright unwavering in the distance. Like a beacon seen through a seemingly endless tunnel it calls me. To goodness. Back to hope. This light in and of itself a hope because the darkness had become so thick.
The Light is He. My heart leaps within my chest. He is the singular One who loved me before I ever knew Him. The Truth who illuminates the only authentic path for He is also the Way.
In wonder I realize that it is precisely because all else around me is so dark that it is so easy to see this Light. When all else seemed lit, it was as if every direction provided a possible path. But now there is but one visible. It beckons.
In the otherwise blackness surrounding, there most clearly is the difference recognizable between God’s light which pulls me toward it with pure hope and the gloominess and lifelessness in which I find myself. This Light shifts my aim.
Hallelujah! (which means, praise be to You, God!)
Lord, there are moments and even days where all before me seems black. No light of hope, though I have tried. I need You. Holy Spirit, please come with Your more. Spark in me Your true life. Ignite it! And with this set a growth trajectory before me with You leading which will renew beyond what was ever considered possible. I need You. I am listening. My hope and trust are solely in You.
4 In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.
5 And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it]…
9 There it was—the true Light [was then] coming into the world [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] that illumines every person.
10 He came into the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him [did not know Him].
John 1:4-5, 9-10
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