I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey
January 10, 2021

Like many of you, I have been processing the events of last week. I watched in horror as an angry mob stormed the United States Capitol, with little to no regard for law and order.

This was an attack on our democracy and put public servants in danger. I kept watching in anger and dismay, asking myself, "are we not better than this?"

This act of sedition was deeply disturbing on many levels, as was the police presence, which stood in deep contrast to the police presence during this summer's peaceful Black Lives Matter protests.

While there will be plenty of time for government officials to study and examine how and why this occurred, I am reminded of how we as Christians are called to respond and not react as there is a significant difference between the two. 

In my own life, I have found that when I react, I tend to lead with the worst of my human tendencies. However, when I respond, I lead with a concern for others and, God willing, a heart of peace. 

Over Christmas, I shared that one of my favorite hymns is "I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light" with a favorite line being, "In Him, there is no darkness at all.”

I share this hymn once more as it remains a powerful reminder of light in the midst of darkness. 

As we watched the events unfold Wednesday, we again witnessed darkness.

But as the hymn reminds us, there is no darkness in Jesus, 'the night and the day are both alike, the lamb is the light of the city of God".

The hymn continues as we sing, "shine in my heart, Lord Jesus! I want to see the brightness of God, I want to look at Jesus, Clear sun of righteousness, shine on my path, and show me the way to the Father."

Let us call on the brightness of Jesus, for we know, deep in our souls and with every fiber of our being, Jesus can penetrate the darkest corners of humanity and is the balm to make the wounded whole.

And as we call on the brightness of Jesus and fix our eyes on Him, may we also be the light and let it shine in us and through us, this day and forevermore.

Amen.


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