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A Commentary by Constance Vanides

It seemed right to me to begin my day with worship to the Lord at the rising of the sun. Having awakened earlier than usual and unable to get back to sleep, I crept quietly into my “secret prayer closet” office and parted the blinds just enough to realize the “day” was still pitch black!

As I waited for the sun to make its appearance, I researched the Bible to find verses describing the Lord as Light.

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” (1John 1:5)

“…you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light…”
(1Peter 9b)

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.
Walk as children of light…”
(Ephesians 5:8)

“I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them
and crooked places straight…”
(Isaiah 42:16)

When I looked up and out again, the sky had changed, not yet to a rising sun, but lighter and completely shrouded in fog! I couldn’t even see the houses across the street!

“Praise the Lord, anyway,” I said to myself. I had just read that His light is promised to overcome the darkness. I continued to read the many verses of God’s light.

“From the rising of the sun, to its going down, the Lord’s name
is to be praised.”
(Psalm 113:3)

And when I looked up again, I began to see the rising of the sun. The promised day began to dawn. The Lord’s presence rushed in to greet my day! I give it all to Him, the One who created all has appeared and I am filled with His light, the very light that leads us to new understanding!

“This is the day which the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
(Psalm 118:24)

Never mind aches and pains, worries of nighttime hours. The Lord declares we have been made new in Him! New day, new hope, new life!

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