“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)
With so many disasters happening in our world, both natural and man-made, it can be hard to see the light.
We have seen hurricanes ravaging our cities, leaving so many without the basic necessities of life or hope. And we have seen violent attacks bring fear and grief to communities around the world.
Last night, one such attack happened here in Las Vegas. This morning, I’m going to have to find the words to explain that to my children and make sense of it myself.
But in this darkness, there is always light. God made sure of that.
At 2am, I received a mass message for my son’s teacher. My first thought was, don’t you need to be up soon to teach a class full of rambunctious first graders? But my second thought was that God blesses us with bits of light on any dark night.
His message gave his cell phone number and offered food, shelter, transportation, and his brothers’ medical services.
We often say we’re too busy to help, too tired, too broke, too everything. But here was a man that might spend his night helping near strangers should they need him, even though he has to be at work in just a few hours.
I’m getting other messages, too, from loved ones and friends who are checking in. They are also lights in the darkness.
We will always have those moments and people that shine on us at the hardest of times. And we are truly blessed by them.
Please keep Las Vegas and our visitors in your prayers.
Have a blessed Monday.