For almost the first time since I started writing these little 'thoughts' I have just sat down with not a clue what to say to you all. It has been a week like no other: the Capitol invaded in order to prevent 'due process' for a change of President of the USA, Covid19 cases soaring out of control worldwide as new variants develop, and at the same time lockdown rules are being flouted even as people who have lost loved ones plead for sensible behaviour. Everything seems so dark, just when we want to start looking up as the miraculous inoculation programme gets under way.
But then, the inoculation programme IS getting going, there IS the beginning of a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, just 'a little candle flame, flickering small in our darkness'.
Those words are from a Christmas carol and, in a sense, that is what Christmas, Epiphany and Easter are all about. Remember those wonderful opening words from St. John's gospel ......?
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it..... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."
Wonderful words of reassurance for a dark time, "All things were made through him...The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it"
Yes, all things were made through him [not by him, please note!] - including Covid19 - he is on the job, keeping the light going, keeping us within the circle of his light, holding all humanity within his loving arms.
Our human race has been through far worse crises in the past with far fewer resources for coping with them and God has carried us through to a brighter and better time; he is not going to let us down now!
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
The darkness will never win; this is God's world and he loves it - and us.