Lent 4 :: Step into the light

“I saw that everything within my view which ought to be white, had been white long ago, and had lost its lustre, and was faded and yellow. I saw that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and like the flowers, and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes.” [Great Expectations by Charles Dickens]

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Light in the darkness

Young Pip’s first encounter with Miss Havisham must have been disconcerting to say the least! Here was a woman—around fifty years of age—who looked like a haggard old witch. She hadn’t left her boarded up house in those many years since her wedding day-to-be, when she learned of her betrothed’s treachery. She remained in her wedding dress, one shoe off, and had all the clocks in the room stopped at the hour of her betrayal—twenty minutes to nine.

In the darkness of that room, Miss Havisham remained, like a museum piece that hadn’t been cared for in decades. Light from candles illuminated her small world, but she couldn’t bear the brightness of the day or the truth it yearned to reveal.

How many of us go about in the dark? Unable to face the realities of life, its pains and sorrows as well as its pleasures and joys, we grope for meaning in a world that seems distant and cold. Darkness becomes our companion, our friend. It’s far easier to just stay inside ourselves than to risk being out and getting hurt. Let no light come in to reveal the cobwebs of our despair!

“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.”

“God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

Sometimes we just have to force ourselves to get up and open the door.

Sometimes we have to allow others to open it for us.


Link to RCL Lectionary for Lent 4, Year B

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