The Darkness and Me

Here we are in the darkest days of the year.  Jesus is betrayed and everything that we know to be true seems to unravel right before our eyes.  He is the Messiah, so why doesn’t he do something?  He could call down a legion of angels and destroy the enemy. All it would take is one look, one gesture to indicate the time is now.  Frustration speaks loud and clear.

We know what it is like to feel hopeless when there is nothing left but the darkness. The roar of our hearts beats faster and faster.  There is no escaping it.  We can’t walk around it.  We must walk through the middle of blackness to get to the light.  It is our only way, and so we walk forward.  Our steps are unsure and very calculated.

We find our way in the dark because the light is hidden deep within us.  It illumines our path, and it is bright enough to pierce the night.  And through the journey, we smile with the confidence of God’s children. We remember the scripture that reads, “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 Jn. 1:5 NKJV).

My journey in Jerusalem today takes me into uncharted territory.  I cannot see clearly in the dark.  The only thing I know is that the light within me is my guide.  My job is not to stop and be overwhelmed with the things that can bring me harm in the night.  I must commit fully to the path and trust the Creator to guide me.  Praise be to God the Father, who is with us through the most difficult part of the journey.

Published by joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belen in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


Supernatural Sites

Amber Mattingly

Yoga. Community. Collaboration.


Some Thoughts Along the Way

Cazandra Campos-MacDonald

We take our journey with love and hope.

Perseverance Runner

Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.


That marriages in crisis will find Biblical solutions and reconciliation


Reflections on leadership and what it means to be the church God intends for the 21st century.

%d bloggers like this: