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Take It With You 12.26.2021

There is a part of the Dr. Seuss book “Oh the Places You’ll Go” called the Waiting Place, where everyone is just waiting.  Waiting for a train to go, or a bus to come, or a plane to go, or the mail to come, or the rain to go, or the phone to ring, and so on and so on and so on.  Everyone is just waiting.

I kind of feel like we’re in the waiting place right now.  Waiting for life to return to normal.  Waiting for change.  Waiting for calm or peace or certainty or good news or maybe even something we’re not sure of.  It feels like we’re in a dark place, waiting for the light.

Arise, your light has come!

Our light, our hope in dark times, has already come.  He came in the form of a baby born to a teenage mother in a barn 2,000 years ago.  He came and healed the sick and forgave the sinners and raised the dead and returned sight to the blind and made the lame walk again.  He gathered the little children to Him, He fed the hungry, and challenged the religious elite.  He prayed and He wept and He laughed and He rejoiced.  He was fully man and fully God walking the same earth, looking at the same moon and stars that we do today.  Then He died.  He sacrificed Himself, He who was without sin, for the sins of all, so that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  He died, then He rose, then He ascended to the right hand of God in Heaven.  Then He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell among us.

Arise, our light has come!

Rejoice that our light has come.  This is not only a statement of fact, a reassurance that we are not alone and that we have hope.  It is a call to action.  Just as the shepherds were told to “go,” we are called to do something with the light we have been given.  Arise…quit waiting, there is work to be done.  Arise, go and share the light that has come to those who are living in darkness.  Arise, love your neighbor as yourself, love your neighbor in need, love your neighbor who is different than you, love your neighbor who doesn’t believe so that through you he may see the light of Jesus Christ.

~ Katie Herring