“You know what sort of times we live in, and so you should live properly. It is time to wake up… Night is almost over, and day will soon appear. We must stop behaving as people do in the dark and be ready to live in the light. So behave properly, as people do in the day.” (Romans 13: 11-13, Contemporary English Version)
It might seem to us that we are in a dark time, either personally or in the world at large. Despair and confusion may call us to be angry and upset. These feelings, while humanly honest and understandable, are not healing or helpful. They don’t raise up life around us nor do they bring us the peace and joy we most seek.
The times we live in are apparently not unique to this age. Paul spoke of them in his letter to the Romans centuries ago. It seems to me that such an era was one where turmoil and uncertainty was rising to the surface. While this might appear gloomy, it also glows with promise. This light that we must live in, as the early Christian workers chose to do, is one of enlightened thought.
This is the light that Jesus taught, that transcends time and trial. It is being true to our own nature—kindness, decency, peace, hope, helpfulness, and joy. It is not becoming a part of the darkness but thinking and behaving in contrast to it. It is being that pure beam of light that not only breaks through the blackness where we seem to be but shines beyond that to reflect on others and to awaken them to what is really going on.
The day will soon appear. The evil that seems so bold is powerless against the sunrise, the Truth that is Love and that we can readily, immediately, powerfully live and share.
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