"Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn." Isaiah 60:3 NRSV
Yesterday afternoon we received the terrible news that one of Jordan's friends had died from a drug overdose. Yet, another of the many whose life has been claimed by the deadly allure of drugs. As is often the case in such a sudden and tragic death, we look at our actions and wonder if we could do more.
Starting the morning with a heavy heart, I read today's scripture and found renewed hope—these words God gave to Isaiah for a people in exile. "Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. (Is. 60:1-2) Though given in a different time and place, the words hold a message for us today; it speaks to us of the need to share the light of Christ. To offer the hope of life over the deadly darkness of drugs covering our nation.
Will sharing Christ's transforming message stop all the darkness covering the earth? Absolutely, through God, all things are possible. Jesus Christ conquered the darkness of death so we may have the promise of the light. But this isn't going to happen by itself; folks must hear the good news, which is only possible through our sharing.
Loving and merciful God, today we pray for all living in darkness, especially those dealing with drug addiction. Embolden us to share the message of your light so they may experience "the brightness of your dawn." In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.