Stare into the darkness

Published 7:00 pm Saturday, January 29, 2022

Hi, all.

Just a thought to help start your weekend.

A few weeks ago, we celebrated the beginning of the new year visiting with some friends, grilling steaks and watching some fireworks. It was a nice beginning to this already strange year. My youngest daughter and our friends’ dog sat comfortably in their prime spots on the back porch to watch the fireworks. Here they sit, staring into the darkness, awaiting the next burst of light.

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I cannot speak for all, but for a great many of our friends, family members and neighbors, the past two years have seen some very difficult days indeed. In fact, you may have felt as if each new day was simply another attack from the darkness that often times surrounds us.

You’ve waited and you’ve watched, and here you are in 2022 experiencing the very same difficulties.

Let me offer this very simple little thought. If you don’t take the time to sit quietly and stare into the darkness, you might miss those beautiful bursts of color that light up the dark sky.

The Lord tells us to “be still and know that I am God.” The world is a dark place. But our God is very much alive and well. He is love. He is light. And He will show up and show out, if you will only believe and watch.

May I encourage you to sit in anticipation this week of the next big burst of colorful light the Lord has in store for you? Take a deep breath. Ignore, if possible, the loud noises, and focus on the beauty only He can provide.

’Til later.

Rev. Brad Campbell can reached at