The theme of the presentation was called The night begins the day. When reading the creation account in Genesis 1, at the end of each part of creation there is the phrase, “there was evening, and morning, the first day” and then “evening and morning, the second day” etc.
Notice how evening is mentioned first.
Jewish theology has always held that each new day begins at night. Rather than thinking of night as the end, it is actually the beginning of something! This is true of so many things. Life begins in the womb in the darkness. Darkness shrouds the seed planted in the soil as it begins to sprout there. So many children’s games begin with a blindfold, or counting out numbers with eyes closed.
We can remember this when dark times come. Rather than seeing darkness as the end to something good, maybe it is just the beginning of something incredible, new and glorious.
Lord Jesus. When dark times come, help me to remember you being laid in the tomb and how darkness encompassed you. Help me also to remember that being laid in the tomb was the first step towards resurrection – a whole new day for all who believe. Amen