The Sun Will Rise
Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise I’m lucky I got this devotional written. I’m lucky I ever get anything done once I get this line in my head from the movie Les Miserables. When that happens, I have to listen to the rest of the finale, which leads me to the last scene, which leads to the last Act, and sometimes leads me to the whole musical. If you’ve never seen the play or the movie, I highly recommend it. I went to see the movie with my daughter Christy and have been in love with it ever since. But I thought, when I read this quote in the context of our current pandemic, that although this is pretty stinking dark this is not my darkest night. My darkest night was when our friend’s son was killed on our property. My darkest night was when my wife Kathy weighed 90lbs, spent days and nights under the weight of multiple blankets while in front of a space heater trying to get warm. My darkest night was watching her drink 4 oz. of water a day and a palm’s worth full of food because that’s all she could eat or drink for days which led to weeks which led to months. So, maybe it’s not for me. Maybe when I read this quote it was for you or someone close to you. Maybe the Coronavirus and being sheltered in place and not seeing your kids or your grandkids or your friends is your darkest night.
Maybe it’s your darkest night because you struggle with depression today, or paralyzing anxiety, or other forms of mental illness. Maybe it’s your darkest night. Maybe it’s your darkest night because you have cancer, or heart disease, or chronic intestinal issue, or other forms of physical illness. Maybe it’s your darkest night because you’ve become disconnected with God, or disconnected with church. Maybe it’s your darkest night because you feel like no matter how much you pray or read the bible or read these endless devotionals you feel like God just isn’t there. If you’re there, my heart aches for you and my prayer for you is that the sun will rise again soon. Do you hear the people sing Lost in the valley of the night? It is the music of a people Who are climbing to the light. For the wretched of the earth There is a flame that never dies. Even the darkest night will end And the sun will rise. They will live again in freedom In the garden of the Lord. They will walk behind the plough-share, They will put away the sword. The chain will be broken And all men (women and children) will have their reward. -Les Miserables Psalm 30:1-5 will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me. 2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. 3 O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit. I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me. 2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. 3 O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit. Pastor Jim