How dark is your pit?
How deep your valley?
How far down have you gone?
That hole of darkness,
is it so all-encompassing
that you think
you’ll never see the light of day
God will come for you
As long as you are alive
here on planet earth
you will never be so low
that Jesus’ light cannot penetrate your darkness
to White Light
And He will bring you out
of that pit
– Susie Stewart
I am Light that has come into the world so that all who believe in Me won’t have to stay any longer in the dark.
– John 12:46 (MSG)
Everything was created through Him; nothing—not one thing!— came into being without Him. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.
– John 1:3-5 (MSG)
I’m sending you off to open the eyes of the outsiders so they can see the difference between dark and light, and choose light, see the difference between Satan and God, and choose God. I’m sending you off to present my offer of sins forgiven, and a place in the family, inviting them into the company of those who begin real living by believing in Me.
– Acts 26:17, 18 (MSG)
Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, God’s Sunrise will break in upon us, Shining on those in the darkness, those sitting in the shadow of death, Then showing us the way, one foot at a time, down the path of peace.
– Luke 1:79 (MSG)
Photo by Arik Stewart
But in thinking about love and grief we must be careful not to confuse either with that sentimentality which is part of cheap grace. The kind of loving grief I’m talking about involves acceptance of the precariousness of life and that we will all die, but our wholeness is found in the quality rather than the quantity of our living. Real love, between man and woman, friend and friend, parent and child, is exemplified for us in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ who offered us and still offers us the wholeness of that costly grace which gives us the courage for healthy grief.
We live in a time where costly grace is what makes life bearable; more than bearable – joyful and creative, so that even our grief is part of our partnership in co-creation with God.
– Madeleine L’Engle
For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
– Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NLT)
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
– Psalm 24:18 (NLT)
God blesses those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
– Matthew 5:4 (NLT)
Photo by Susie Stewart