01 – “Waiting in the Dark” (Illuminate)
People feel more secure and active in the light. Darkness lessens our energy and activity. Moreover, things that “go bump in the night” always seem scarier. It seems like this kind of rhythm is baked into us, which is what we might expect if we take Genesis 1 seriously. The ancient world associated light with life and order while darkness represented chaos and evil. We long for light. We welcome it, still.
So it’s not surprising that the Bible’s story of God’s promise coming in the Person of Jesus weaves its way metaphorically through a tapestry from dark to light.