Illness, conflict, hurt, hatred, sadness, anxiety, stress, poverty, ...
The flash of brightness cracking across a dark sky as lightning flashes.
The glowing words others use to describe them?
Knowledge or expertise they may have?
the thing is - at some point - each of these sources of illumination do eventually dim. The finest of silver will tarnish. Things will age, need maintenance, fall apart or go out of style. People are human and often will not meet our expectations and we certainly will not always meet theirs. Success can both come at great cost and easily fall prey to failure. And knowledge can fade but almost always a person's own folly leads to their ruin.
This light gives us strength and is our salvation - "The Lord is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1)
Through this world's darkness; through the dimming commercialism and materialism; through the folly of men there is ONE LIGHT, ONE illuminating source that will never dim... given to us to bring joy and love; to bless us with peace and provide Hope despite the darkness of this world and the darkness within us. That light came wrapped in clothes and lying in a manager.
Isaiah 9:2 - The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned."
EPH. 5:8 -For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
John 12:36 - Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.”