The following is an excerpt from the free Advent devotional Darkness & Light; download your free copy today.
Midnight Light, part 1
by Meridith Matson
The Jewish holocaust during World War 2 is perhaps one of the darkest times in most recent history. The mass murder of over 6 million Jews and other persecuted demographics left a haunting mark over human history. Humans killing and dehumanizing other humans is truly the darkest darkness that exists. The images and films of those beaten in the streets, taken captive, and forced into concentration camps, and the bare, skeletal ghosts of those who were still alive in these camps at the end of the war are etched on our minds.
This chapter of history leaves a stain of darkness. A time of “midnight” when it seemed the sun may not ever shine again.
Yet, darkness is where the light shines through. In the darkest darkness, sparks of hope still existed. Etched on the wall of a cellar in a concentration camp, these words of an unknown prisoner were found:
“I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining.
And I believe in love,
even when there’s no one there.
And I believe in God,
even when he is silent.”
Reflection: In what ways have you had to wrestle with belief versus reality in your own times of darkness?