Faith Weekly: Afraid of the dark

Maybe the most intense darkness that I’ve experienced was at 12 Mile Beach in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  It’s on the shore of Lake Superior, but our campsite was nestled in the woods.  My daughter and I set out to see the lake at night and as we stepped away from the campsite we stepped into darkness.  The beam from my flashlight was sharply defined:  in its array was light, at the crisp edge was darkness — deep, pitch black darkness that held who knows what.  It was unsettling, maybe downright scary, until we emerged from the trees at the beach and the moonlight reflecting off the lake.

The scripture reading for this Sunday (Isaiah 9:1-4 and Matthew 4:12-23) emphasize light that dispels darkness.

How have you experienced darkness in your life — literally and figuratively — and what has been the light that has kept you safe and led you through it?

We’ll talk about that Tuesday (January 21) in the chapel at 7 p.m.; on Wednesday (January 22) over a beverage and a $5 sandwich at 7 p.m. at Around the Corner in Lakewood.and again on Sunday (January 26) as we hear this week’s scripture..

— Pastor Mark Rollenhagen