Sermon text: Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12
“It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.” This infamous phrase, written by Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, is the opening paragraph of his 1830 novel Paul Clifford. [Lytton, Edward Bulwer (1800s). Paul Clifford. New York: Cassell Pub. Co.]
Often darkness evokes dread … However, sometimes darkness is preferred over and above the bright light of day:
- Having a candle light dinner in a darkened room has a special appeal and romance.
- Going to see a movie at the theatre only works if the theatre is dark.
- Some people can’t sleep unless the curtains block out all the light and their bedroom is completely dark.