By David Anderson, High Priest Quorum president
For it is the God who said, “Light will shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
Sometimes I just don’t get it. I lose perspective. During those moments, life seems messy, complicated—and patently unfair. Sickness, cancer, abuse, pollution, corruption, greed, conspiracy theories, divisiveness, lies, war, and political rancor unsettle me. Words like ambiguity, disorientation, sadness, trouble, anxiety, longing for the past, fear, and distress—and yes, even darkness—help describe my emotional state during those times.
I cry out to God in the darkness! I lament. For me lament is praying to God in my moments of confusion, anger, sadness, and trouble. Lament is going to God in times like these. It speaks truth—an honest, sincere, authentic cry to God in personal ways. It is both confession and petition. Yet, lament must move from hurt, pain, and suffering to a transformative experience of gratitude, trust, and ultimately hope.
As I reflect on today’s scripture and theme, I rejoice in a loving and gracious God, and my heart shouts, “Come and Bring Light!” I proclaim hope! Hope is an assurance of God’s love. It is to share joyously in the gospel, to witness of God’s gift of grace and generosity with unbounded love, to struggle against violence, sickness, and inequality; to enter into solidarity with all who suffer; and to take risks for freedom, peace, and justice for all.
True Christian hope is action in which we wholeheartedly work toward the consummation of life in communion with God and all of creation so all may flourish. We live in unsettled times. Regardless of what the future might bring, the spirit of lament and Christian hope calls us to share honestly and joyously the mission of Jesus Christ in the midst of the messiness and darkness of life. Let us both lament the suffering in our world but proclaim together with steadfast hope, “Come and Bring Light!”
“…he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love” (Lamentations 3:32).
Breathing God’s Compassion
Light a candle and sit quietly, reflecting on the fire and light of God. Pay attention to your breathing and let it become calmer and deeper as you focus on God’s presence. Ask God to breathe in you. Image each breath carrying the light of God into your lungs, bloodstream, and every cell in your body until God’s Spirit fills you. Now imagine breathing out God’s compassion and grace each time you exhale. Pray to have the Spirit of Christ radiate from your life like the gentle flame of a candle.
Today’s Prayer for Peace
Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.