DayBreaks for 06/17/13 – It Opens On the Dawn
“Mary Magdalene came to the tomb while it was still dark. But the darkness was soon overcome with light. Maybe that’s the message you need to hear this day. Perhaps for whatever reason you are in darkness right now. Family concerns. Problems at work. Anxiety about your health and your future. The loss of someone you love. Easter promises us more than the stars in our darkness. Easter promises us that in the midst of our deepest darkness the Son rises to overwhelm the darkness forever.
“Victor Hugo once put it like this, “For half a century I have been writing my thoughts in prose and verse and history and philosophy . . . But I feel I have not said the thousandth part of what is in me. When I go down to the grave I can say, I have finished my day’s work,’ but I cannot say, I have finished my life.’ My day’s work will begin again the next morning. The tomb is not a blind alley; it is a thoroughfare. It closes on the twilight; it opens on the dawn.” Mary Magdalene came to the tomb while it was still dark “but the darkness did not remain. The dawn broke. God’s Son had risen.” – King Duncan
The weekend is over, a new week has come. The seeming endless cycle rolls onward. Perhaps this weekend you received extremely bad news. Perhaps someone told you that they no longer wanted to be married to you. Perhaps on Friday you received a diagnosis that caused you to feel the cold clasp of death’s hand on your shoulder. Perhaps you fought with someone – exchanging words that caused the darkness to descend and envelop you. Perhaps today you are returning to a job that you despise but which you can’t afford to quit. Perhaps a loved one died. There are far too many “perhap’s”, don’t you think? And I’ve barely scratched the surface.
The resurrection morning start out like any other. There was darkness…then there was light. That seems to be the pattern. Even during the creation, darkness preceded the light. Then God spoke, the darkness ran to the farthest corners of the universe and Light flooded the heavens.
If darkness is riding shotgun with you today, look for the Light. Hope opens on the dawn of each new day. Never stop hoping!
PRAYER: Thank you for making light. Let your Light brighten our hearts and minds this day, causing our darkness to give way to inexhaustible hope! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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