A devout woman, our Queen wrote her speech, and used the Christian symbol of hope bringing light into a dark place.
We Christians are all supposed to be shining a light into the darkness around us. We may feel helpless to do big things in the enormity of Covid; but even one little wavering, flickering candle can pierce the darkness. Together, our little lights can shine and spread encouragement to many. In the words of my favourite Sunday school song:
like a little candle burning in the night.
In this world of darkness, so we must shine
You in your small corner, and I in mine.’
Some of us feel that this Easter, we’re in a dark space; isolated and anxious about the feared Covid virus sneaking silently into our lives, bringing grief, pain and death. God has instructed us, 365 times in His word, (one for every day of the year, plus another for good measure!) Be anxious for nothing! Fear not! As Jesus left the dark place of the tomb, so will we come out the other side of the Covid gloom, and we will see the glory of Heaven’s light and warmth, the beauty of all creation. Meanwhile, remember that we’re charged with keeping our little lamps burning, being beacons of hope and life to those who we have contact with; even in enforced isolation. Be creative, and make a list of those who would appreciate a phone call, an e-mail or a request for a God-honouring song dedicated to someone needy on radio request programmes.
The chain of events, from Jesus’ arrest and false trials, through His torture, crucifixion, burial and resurrection, is the turning point in God’s divine dealing with all His fallen people. Jesus’ suffering showed up evil in many forms; the religious, psychological, political, physical and spiritual torment that was dumped on His shredded shoulders. The miracle of God’s love is that His faith, hope and love was not crushed. All that evil was exposed and overcome.
That amazing week is the hinge of history, still marking our calendars as ‘Before Christ and Anno Domini (after Christ.) This is the pivot point where evil intent, injustice and prejudice were overcome by justice, goodness, and forgiveness. Ultimately, our belief in Easter is the Holy-Spirit-inspired decision made in individual minds and hearts. It is a free choice which we are faced with. We are invited to accept the triumph of life over death, love over hate, and as our Queen said today, light conquering darkness.
Luke states that the only people to whom the Risen Christ appeared were people who loved Him. They had already known and followed Jesus, even if they had denied Him or betrayed Him in their human weakness and fear. Those of us who believe that love is stronger than death CAN believe in Easter. The glory of the Easter message touches us because we know that God is love, and we believe that His sacrifice gives us a new way of living.
So, let’s trim our wicks, and stand tall to share the Light of Life that our world is crying out for at this time. And follow in His footsteps. “God’s word is a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path.” Let’s shine for Him.