24 November 2019
November No sun - no moon! No morn - no noon - No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day. No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, No comfortable feel in any member - No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! - November! Thomas Hood Don’t you often feel like this at this time of year? I know I do, and for a good number of people I know, it’s even worse than usual this year. And we’ve not been flooded out! It’s a dreary time of year, and although the trees have been spectacularly coloured this year, it’s still all too easy to look on the dismal aspects of both nature, and our particular lives. And yet … There’s a light upon the mountains and the day is at the spring, when our eyes shall see the glory and the coming of our King Henry Burton The people who live in darkness will see a great light. On those who live in the dark land of death the light will shine Matthew 4:16 If we can lift our eyes from our very present troubles we may be able to catch a glimpse of the pin-prick of light that promises the end of the tunnel. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot put it out. John 1:5 Look round again; not with Thomas Hood’s eyes, but with eyes of faith and hope. All may be drear now, but soon we will be celebrating the birth of the one on whom we base our lives. No hope, no peace, no joy, no love? I do hope not. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness will not defeat it. Promise!