The Darkness is Not Winning

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“The darkness is not winning!”

These are words I read yesterday in a newsletter from my brother and sister-in-law. Stan and Tami live in Denver but spend at least half the year traveling throughout the world. And in their travels, they see things. They connect with people through the joys and challenges of a life overseas. They know that of which they speak, because they see God at work. 

They know that the darkness is not winning. So today I offer you the encouragement that they gave me through their newsletter:


“Not long ago a news article about black holes in space caught my attention. Black holes seem to get a lot of news and mostly, it seems, because of what they swallow up. Now I’m not a physicist, mathematician or any kind of scientist and so what I say is simply my imagination. They say that what goes into a black hole doesn’t come out, that even light cannot escape. But did you know that the same observations and mathematical models predict not only black holes but something similar only altogether different? They are called white holes. Now a white hole doesn’t swallow everything up like a black hole. Instead a white hole lets out light into the universe instead of swallowing it up.


What a wonderful metaphor for Christmas and what we celebrate! The Christmas account in the Gospel of John begins with the first 14 verses of the book…


1 In the beginning was the Word,  and the Word was with God,  and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.  3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  4 In him was life,  and that life was the light  of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness,  and the darkness has not overcome it…. 14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
The darkness is not winning. 

The truth is that wherever the news on television has been particularly bad this year, the Light is there shining and overcoming the Darkness. Refugees in the Middle East are being taken in by Christians, hatred is overcome by love. The hungry are being fed and the wounded healed in Jesus name. Discouraged and dislocated people are hearing about Jesus and receiving him and finding life and community and safety. Slaves in South East Asia are being set free from sex and labor imprisonment and the Light is even shining into the places where these slaves are working while they are still in slavery.”*

As I scan the news and read of grief, loss, and terror I think of the words from this newsletter, that wherever the news is particularly bad, the light is there shining and overcoming the darkness.

And I’m challenged yet again to live as one who knows that the darkness is not winning.

Where do you see the light shining and overcoming the darkness? 

*[source – Stan & Tami Brown IDEAS]

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An adult third culture kid, Marilyn grew up in Pakistan and then raised her own 5 third culture kids in Pakistan and Egypt. After finally learning how to live in the United States, she finds herself unexpectedly living in the Kurdish Region of Iraq working at a university. She is the author of Between Worlds: Essays on Culture and Belonging and Worlds Apart - A Third Culture Kid's Journey. Her writing appears in Plough Magazine, Fathom Magazine, and a few other places around the web. You can find her blogging at Communicating Across Boundaries: Communicating Across the Boundaries of Faith & Culture.

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