The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
~Psalm 27:1 (ESV)
Each new day as the sun rises, I am reminded that the Lord is my Light and my Salvation. Each year as Lent begins I am reminded that suffering is a part of our lives. However, the Lord uses our fears and our suffering to reveal to us that he is the stronghold of our lives. This poem by Robert Southwell beautifully describes how suffering is never wasted.
O dying souls! behold your living spring;
O dazzled eyes! behold your sun of grace;
Dull ears attend what word this Word doth bring;
Up, heavy hearts, with joy your joy embrace.
From death, from dark, from deafness, from despairs,
This life, this light, this Word, this joy repairs.
Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.” John 8:12 (MSG)
Blessed are you, O Lord, who is my Light and my Salvation.