“I’ve seen too many stars to let the darkness overwhelm me.” Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr
We’ve all been through dark patches in our lives. When everything is dark around us, we need to look up to see the stars. Sometimes – who am I kidding, most of the time – looking up requires courageous faith.
If we take our eyes off the darkness and focus on the Light, the overwhelmingness of the power of darkness dissipates a notch or two… then more as our Heavenly Father strengthens our hearts with stars of His love, mercy and grace.
I know what it’s like to be terrified by dark circumstances that throttled me. But in the darkest nights, I said these verses over and over:
“The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?… One thing I have desired, that I will seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and inquire in His temple.” (Psalm 27:1&4)
By God’s grace the darkness did not overwhelm me. Instead the Bright Morning Star (one of my favorite names for Jesus) filled me with courageous grace to cope and hope.
May the Bright Morning Star fill the darkness in our lives with the Light of His love, mercy and grace this Lenten season – and every day of the year.
grace, peace & HOPE
Virginia : )
Photo Credit: A Rose Made of Galaxies NASA’s Hubble, 17 December 2010