Rev. Marcus Cunningham
Rev. Marcus Cunningham

   The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness — on them light has shined. — Isaiah 9:2

   I like to check to see when sundown happens daily. And for Dec. 15, I see that sundown occurred at 4:18 p.m.

   While I was driving home last night, I couldn’t believe how dark it was. And even though my car has very bright, bright lights, this didn’t seem enough to illumine the darkness.

   It seems too dark, too soon in the day!

   While this is true for Daylight Savings Time, it also seems rather true for the state of our world: our politicians aren’t getting along … threats of nuclear war … sexual violence … there are too many people dying from war/famine/sickness … there have been so many natural disasters … and on and on and on!

   It’s dark out there! Very dark!

   But what Isaiah prophesied in 700 B.C. can and should still give us hope today.

Read the full column written by the rector at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Ripon in the Dec. 21, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.