From the Editor

In Your Light We See Light

The recent power blackout should remind the faithful of some key promises.

My friend Anne sent me an interesting e-mail recently. It was especially interesting be-cause the photo attachment was very similar to a large poster displayed on the wall of the Metro Lutheran editorial office. It pictures “The World at Night,” and duplicates a composite of images taken from outer space, showing how much light is “kicked up” by the metropolitan areas of our world. Needless to say, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York are large white blotches on a black background (although the Twin Cities creates quite an impressive white patch as well).

In the graphic sent me, the same map of the U.S. shows the same urban blaze, with one striking exception. It was taken during the recent failure of the U.S./Canada power grid. Chicago is recognizable on this map, but every metropolis east of there is dark.

“Dancing in the dark” is a romantic idea, but living in it isn’t. Scripture is full of images of darkness and light (the Gospel of John especially likes this duality). A memorable reference from the Book of Psalms comes to mind, partly because the phrase has become the school motto for Valparaiso University, an independent Lutheran learning center in Indiana. Valpo’s seal includes the expression (in Latin, but never mind that): “In your light we see light.”

The reference is to Psalm 36:9, where the faithful writer tells us, a few verses earlier, that wicked people “plot mischief while on their beds.” Truthfully, the mischief done by the wicked is frequently done while the righteous are in their beds — because it’s dark then.

Which brings us back to the failure of the power grid. When it’s dark, mischief can happen. The good news is that, for those of us who walk with God, we are never in the dark (not even when the lights go out).

A youth director asked his young friends, “What would you do if you knew positively nobody would see you do it?” Came the wise answer, “God always sees.” Better still, God gives us light — to know and do what makes it possible for us to sleep at night.