Please read John 13: 21-32
“. . .And it was night.” (vs. 30c)
“And it was night.” marks much more than time of day! It applies to everyone. Each knew the NIGHT - Judas, Jesus and each disciple had their personal night ahead.
Eli Wiesel wrote: “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. . .
. . .Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever.
Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.”*
We’ve all known “And it was Night.” It may not compare to Wiesels. But, we know Night - health issues, financial frustration, job loss, grief, relationships strained, family stresses, addictions, deficits in spiritual strength.
When It is Night,hope is in remembering words from the beginning of John’s Gospel. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” Or, as St. John of the Cross wrote: “In the happy night, In secret, when none saw me, Nor I beheld aught, Without light or guide, save that which burned in my heart.”**
Pray: Holy God help me get through the NIGHT. Give me hope as I anticipate the dawning of your glory and light. In the name of Jesus the Christ, Amen.
Originally written by, and submitted in memory of
Rev. George R. Reese
1943 ~ 2013
(*From Night, Eli Wiesel, ** From Dark Night of the Soul, St. John of the Cross)
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