After 9-11 in 2001 President Bush, in his address to a joint session of Congress and the nation, made the statement, "All of this was brought upon us in a single day, and night fell on a different world, a world where freedom itself is under attack."
There is a darkness about our world that never seems to fade. It settles in on us in times of extreme trial, heavy suffering, and seemingly unending iniquity. Death still exercises its dominance among all the nations. Yet for the Christian there is the dawn of a new day that is always near. As we read in Romans 13:12-14: "The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts."
Until this night passes, the child of God is called upon to live faithfully in the deeds that reflect the true light of God. To be faithful and to be true to the calling of Christ despite the present darkness. As Peter says, "To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen." (II Peter 3:18) Our life is brief, the dawn is coming; indeed the night is almost gone!
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