Darkness and Lights

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<ul><li> 1. DARKNESS &amp; LIGHTS</li></ul> <p> 2. A Stark Contrast The darkness of his countrys racist government and culture not only didnt overwhelm Mandelas passion for justice; it only seemed to make it shine even brighter. 3. But where the contrast isnt as obvious, even the Brightest of Lights will seem less bright than it actually is. 4. Matthew 4:16 The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. 5. Luke1:67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: 68 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us 72 to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant, 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham: 74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. 6. Jewish people enjoyed many aspects of their lives. But they knew that the Lord had yet to fulfill all his promises to them.They longed for a Messiah to bring light into their dark existence. 7. loneliness despair failuredisasterdefeatpovertystrugglesinjusticerejectionevilsorrowIts not like our lives lack darkness.death 8. We frequently fail to appreciate the Gift of Life and Light that Jesus is becauseWe habitually avoid facing and embracing: our DARK areas our EMPTY parts our MORTAL selves John 12:46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. 9. Years of InfertilityPAIN Shadow of DeathFEARSExtendedPersistent Hubris Addiction Struggles with sin 10. While Jesus calls us out of darkness, there are still areas in our lives that are dark and empty. By surrendering to the fact that we all have dark, unfillable voids, we open ourselves again and again to Jesusthe Light of the worldentering into our lives through these empty spaces.The Indescribable Gift from Heaven</p>