Are you feeling SAD? It is a mood swing a bit like depression that comes upon some people on a regular basis, usually from late autumn through the winter months and begins to go away at the approach of spring and summer, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder.
One treatment is light therapy. In light therapy, a person sits a few feet from a special light box so that he/she is exposed to bright light within the first hour of waking up each day. Light therapy mimics natural outdoor light and appears to cause a change in brain chemicals linked to mood.
Let’s talk about another type of SAD, this one called Spiritual Absence Dislocation. (I made that up.) It arises when a person feels life is dark and meaningless. It can happen at any time and begins to be overcome the closer that person approaches the true light of the world, Jesus Christ. For us, our light therapy is prayer, spending a period of time gazing upon the bright light of Jesus at the beginning or the end of each day.
It was foretold in the reading of Isaiah: “Rise up in splendor Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of God shines upon you.” That light will be for others too. It is not meant for one people or one era in history. No, but “nations shall walk by your light” attracting others who want to bask in it.
Paul in amazement proclaims “that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise”.
And it all began with the brightness of a star whose light led the Magi to see a newborn king in a baby at Bethlehem.