That Is the Promise of God

I was just about to write my first sentence.  It was going to begin something like this…

On Saturday Night we set the clocks back, and though we may feel gratified by gaining an extra hour of sleep for one night, the truth is we lose an hour of daylight in the bargain and the short days of winter are not far away and the darkness comes early and grows even darker before the first hint of the promise of spring.

I was ready to talk about how darkness impacts us in ways that we don’t often anticipate… I was even ready to quote from a recent study on the connection found between changing from daylight saving time to standard time, and depression.       

A new Danish study has found that changing from daylight saving time to standard time increases the number of cases of serious depression… Although the study doesn’t reveal why the transition may cause the increase the rates of depression, the team suggest that it may be because the change takes an hour of daylight from the afternoon and adds it to the morning –  a time when many people may not benefit from it as they are indoors at home preparing for work. When they are free to get outside later in the day, it is already dark.

Then I was going to affirm that God is with us in all the seasons of darkness that we may face… As the Scriptures affirm over and over again,

Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me… (Ps 23) If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. (Ps 139)

I was going to say all of this… and more. But I was stopped in my tracks.  Someone in the next room turned on a television to watch a live ESPN broadcast of the Pregame show for Game 7 of the World Series. While still thinking deep thoughts, I couldn’t help myself. I had to listen. I overheard the introduction of Father Burke Masters, the Catholic chaplain for the Chicago Cubs. The announcer made the comment that he had invited Father Masters to pray for the Cubs before Game Six… and it worked! So, now here was Father Masters, offering up a prayer of Blessing before the Seventh Game of the World Series… on Live Television….

“Let us pray… In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit… Amen.  Lord, we thank you and we Praise you for this great gift of baseball. We thank you for all of these players. And just ask you to help them relax and to play to the best of their ability, and to keep them safe.  And may all that they do and the way that they play, give you Honor and Glory. And May God Bless You All. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit… Amen.  (Go Cubs!)

No matter how dark it may seem… The light of God is shining and breaking through to us in ways and at times that we do not expect it.  Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” That is the Promise of God.  And that is the truth…no matter what happens in Game 7.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Mark