NORMAN — The poet Wordsworth has written “The world is too much with us…” and those words two centuries old remain relevant.
Longer ago the prophet Isaiah wrote of a people who walk and dwell in a land of deep darkness. There are times when “the world too much with us” is a world of deep darkness, for we too are a people much acquainted with that darkness too much with us. It comes unbidden, unwanted, undeserving, unbelievably. There are times when we are not just a people who walk in darkness, but are those rendered speechless by the ways darkness intrudes.
It is into the time of deepening darkness that Christmas comes. “Yet in the dark streets shineth the ever-lasting Light.”
This Light that shines in the darkness, this Light given to a people who walk in darkness is not of our making but is from God. This Light is given by the God whose love will not relent, whose grace will not recoil, and whose presence will not be removed even when “the world is too much with us.” God comes among us, not when the world is ready to receive, but because God is ready to give. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it. May we make room for the Light who is to come.