Kelly Carr

Desperate for the Light

Kelly Carr
Desperate for the Light

by Ben Riggs

What are we to do when we're desperate for the light?

Darkness is a suffocating, chaotic menace. It distorts, isolates, intimidates, and confuses. For many, darkness knows only the upper hand. And the prospect of light can seem rarer than the most precious of gems. What are we to make of a world wrought with the distorting, intimidating, confusing chaos of darkness? What are we to do?

Darkness is Conquered?

Light is a spectacular phenomenon. Even in the darkest of rooms, the faintest light loosens darkness’s grip. As light steadily gathers, darkness is further conquered, without any hope of returning as long as the light shines. What if the light is indeed already shining? What if it’s but a flicker, which may be all we need in our deepest desperation?

Jesus' life, death, and resurrection introduced a single unconquerable light in a dark, dead world. Since then, it has moved through this world gathering more light unto itself. Death and darkness have not yet been extinguished, but they have been given a cease-and-desist order they will have to obey.

One day, darkness will be but a memory as the light of the Lamb illuminates our ever-present future. Darkness will be fully enveloped, overwhelmed by the reign of belonging, joy, courage, and peace of Jesus’ resurrected life.

Losing Its Grip

It would seem the apostle John, writing at a time when life appeared cheap and the world cruel, was onto something when he wrote “the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.” In other words, my friends, the darkness itself is desperate. It is losing its grip.

So, what are we to do? Believe, however feebly, that the darkness too is desperate and its grip is loosening.

Jesus has no mercy for the darkness. He has mercy for us.


Dayton residents gathered together for a vigil in the Oregon District on August 4, 2019, the evening of the shooting.

Dayton residents gathered together for a vigil in the Oregon District on August 4, 2019, the evening of the shooting.

Meet the Author:

Ben currently lives in Dayton, Ohio, with his wife, Emily. He is founder of RiggsWriting LLC. He prefers his coffee without cream, highways without traffic, and sentences without clutter. He also thinks you should use the Oxford Comma. (IG: riggsyb Twitter: benriggsy)

 posted on August 7, 2019

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