Do you suffer from SADs, Seasonal Affective Disorder? I do. It’s terrible. During light depravation, such as weeks of fog and cloud cover, I find it very difficult to rise above the black tide of depression that threatens to overwhelm. But then the sun shines, and suddenly all is well with the world again.
Every culture has rituals and celebrations related to the return of the sun after winter. It must be part of human nature when in the darkness to fear that there will never be light again. That’s sort of what this dark time in our culture is like right now. It has been dark for so long, it is easy to succumb to the fear that light will never shine again.
All of today’s scriptures I noticed, are centered on the Light of God and restoration of light. It’s that time of year in the northern hemisphere where we all eagerly await the winter solstice when the days begin to get longer and the nights shorter. But our darkness is not just the season of nature. It is the strife, the pandemic, the change to our political and economic balance.
Ephesians 6:12-13 portrays a picture very similar to our current situation, where we “wrestle against the authorities,” against, “powers of this present darkness” and “forces of evil”. But then Isaiah 60:19 reminds us, “The Lord will be your everlasting light and the glory of the world.”
So let’s buy our full daylight spectrum bulbs that cheer us in our dark rooms. But mostly, let’s keep praying and striving to remember who the real light is, and to acknowledge all the good that has come out of our current situation. Together, lets “Arise, shine for your Light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” (Is 60:1)