Darkness is an inescapable part of life. I’m sure it is obvious, but I’m talking metaphorically here just in case it isn’t. It is also literally true that each of us will be in physical darkness at least at some point in our lives.
Metaphorical darkness is usually those things that are wrong; sin. Each of us has our own darkness or periods of darkness. The difficulty with darkness is when it comes up it can easily make us think it has always been there and that the darkness is all there is.
Our epistle lesson this Sunday is from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and the first part of the first verse is: “For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light.” (Eph 5:1a NRSV) Paul is speaking metaphorically too but it is significant that he uses totalizing language when he says “you were darkness . . . you are light [emphases added].” There was a time when we were darkness or at a minimum were characterized by darkness but that has changed. But the question remains, What about darkness?
The sermons this week are my attempt at answering the question. As always, let me know what you think as you are inclined and able.