Spontaneous Devotions: “Let There Be Light”

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Art by Aeron Brown

In the beginning, God.
In the beginning, God spoke.
And when God first spoke, He said:
“Let there be light.”*
And there was light.
And the light was good.
But the world didn’t comprehend the light.
The darkness tried to extinguish the light.
But God didn’t give up.
The God who always is…
Never gives up.
He couldn’t—wouldn’t—leave us in darkness.
So the Light of the World came.
“And His life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it.”*
But yet again…
The darkness tried to extinguish the light.
And on the darkest day of history…
It seemed for a moment…
Just for a moment…
That darkness won.
But God didn’t give up.
The God who always is…
Never gives up.
So the Light rose again.
Ascended to the Father.
Sent the Holy Spirit.…
And filled us with light.
Now, we are the light of the world.*
A city set on a hill that cannot be hidden.
We let our light shine…
We join with heaven…
And with one heart, one mind, one accord, we say:
Let there be light.
Let there be light in our hearts.
Let there be light in our minds.
Let there be light in our homes.
Let there be light in our cities.
Let there be light in our country.
Let there be light in all the nations of the earth.
Because God, You said:
Let there be light.
And the light is good.

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First words are incredibly important. Who doesn’t remember their child’s very first words? If first words are so important to us, how much more important are the first words God Himself declared over this planet?

Let there be light.

I’m not sure there is any better prayer—for this time in history or in any other.

Let there be light.

Now. Always. Forever…

Let there be light.

Because in Your light, we see light.*

And now more than ever …
We need to see light.

*Meditations on Genesis 1: 1-3, John 1:4-5, Matthew 5:14-16, Psalm 36:9

Artwork by Aeron Brown. Spontaneous devotions are just that – a spontaneous collaborative expression of worship. I read scripture and/or some devotional thoughts, then pray into those those thoughts while Aeron draws. For others click here.

With thanks to Bryan and Katie Torwalt and their amazing new song “Let There Be Light” for the inspiration:


3 thoughts on “Spontaneous Devotions: “Let There Be Light”

  1. Awesome. I was particularly struck by your repeated line, “The darkness tried to extinguish the light.” It speaks of conflict but not defeat. It reminds me of John’s gospel, where he said of Jesus, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not defeated it” (1:5 ERV). What’s significant about this is that darkness (blindness) can co-exist with the light, but it won’t prevail.
    Love the song too!
    Blessings.

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