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This month, as we continue the celebration of our Epiphany theme, “Following the Light,” the secular world will also be celebrating our Black History Month.  There’s a powerful quote by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that brings these together for me.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.”

~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 As disciples of Jesus Christ, we’re not only called to follow the Light, but to remember the nature of the Light we’re following.  When Jesus went into all of the dark places he did – meeting sadness, illness, injustice, oppression, fear, entitlement, and all of the world’s murk – he didn’t go to meet anger with anger, or even power with power.  He went to meet everyone, and everything, with love.  He went with a spirit that longed for healing, even when it was the healing of someone who frustrated him.  He went with a spirit of peace, even when it was given to someone angry with him.  He went with a spirit of humility, even when he knew how misguided the person was who was confronting him.  He didn’t avoid the darkness or ignore the hate.  But he met both with love, and never with anything less.

These same kinds of darknesses continue in our time, and as followers of Christ, we are equally called to go into those places.  Where do you see them?  Where do they show up in both the world-at-large and in your every-day?  What message or action of light can you bring into those places? 

This month, as we become aware of darknesses that need some light, let us remember the Spirit of love in which we’re called to shine.  This month, how will you find ways to confront hatred, armed only with love?

Peace in the Grace of Christ,

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