Light in the Darkness

It is common to feel trapped in the darkness of life. Depression, grief, and fear can feel heavy and dark. When life feels dark, it can feel daunting and hopeless. John 1:5 states, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”. The light will always shine through the dark, and darkness cannot overcome the light. Similarly, goodness in life will always shine through. What is broken, hurt, and lost can be healed, restored, and found. When in a dark place it is important to look for the light. Gratitude is a good place to start. Gratitude means appreciating the good things in your life, no matter how big or small.  

Gratitude exercises:

Gratitude journal: Find time daily to write about some positive things in your day. Perhaps a good meal, good health, time with a friend or loved one, or nice weather.

Gratitude conversation: Take turns sharing 3 things you are thankful for with at least one other person. This is a great addition to family mealtime!

Mindfulness walk: Spend time on a walk just being aware of your surroundings and senses, and notice what you appreciate about your surroundings.

John 8:12 states: When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life”. Lean into God during this season of darkness. God did not create us to live in darkness and fear. God surrounds us with light and instills a light within us. Take time to notice how God’s light is shining in your life.

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