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We are told that when the world was formless, some translations say there was ‘chaos’, when there is  ‘darkness’, right in the midst of the most trying times, God is present, and God speaks.  Now God speaking, that’s not just some comforting or nice but ultimately ineffective rambling.  No, God speaking, we are told, transforms that darkness into light.  He calms the chaos and breathes hope. So, perhaps like me you find the winter months more difficult.  Or perhaps you find yourself at a point in life that just seems ‘chaos’.  I wonder what it might mean if in those moments, in the moments when things are weighing down, what might happen if we asked God for a bit of light, for Him to speak into our deepest nights. Rev’d Gareth Hutchinson November 2022
‘The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.’  Genesis 1:2-3 It’s that time of year.  The clocks have changed.  It’s getting dark earlier and earlier, nights closing in and certainly a chill in the air.  There was a man I used to know, who no matter the season, no matter the weather, gave thanks for each day regardless.  I have to admit I’m not so good at that, I find the darker winter months much less enjoyable that those long warm summer evenings. The above verses are taken from right at the beginning of the Bible.  At the very start of the Bible there’s this story, some people take it literally, for others it’s more of an ‘illustrative story’.  Regardless of this, either way, the writer of these words is trying to communicate something.  He’s trying to pass on some deep truth that has given strength and comfort through the ages.