The Gift of Light 

Text: Genesis 1:3-5

Scripture: 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Reflection: I logged into a meeting the other day at 12:59 pm and was surprised to find I was the first person signed on. I pulled up the agenda, the minutes, and wondered where everyone was. When I re-read the email I learned that the meeting was at 10:00, not 1:00. I had gotten the number of zeroes confused and was 3 hours late rather than 1 minute early. Quarantine-brain they call it. How many days a week do you have to ask someone, hey what day is it? I am fortunate to have an Alexa in my house so I can ask almost every day with no judgment as to why I don’t know the day of the week. Thanks to this nifty gift of 24 hour days, however, I always know the difference between night and day. I might not know if it’s April or May, but I know when the sun goes down it is time to rest and when the sun rises so do we. I never thought of this as a true gift before; and yet in this time where I can’t remember the date or day, God has organized our time to the simplest metric; the rising and setting of the sun. This was the first act of creation, giving us the priority of the simplest but greatest gift, the light is called day and the darkness night. 

Focus: the gift of light 

Prayer: God in this time of disorientation we thank you for the gift of your creation of light. Thank you for organizing our time with light and darkness, for the gift of rest, and for the opportunity of a new day. Amen. 

Author: Darcy Crain