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Let the Light In

I remember when the call came in. I remember the fear, the anguish, the panic. But more so, I remember the darkness. Because when you find out that someone you love is in the hospital, it’s easy for your heart to give way to that darkness.

I knew what had happened. I had seen the cuts etched along his arms for years. They started small and faint, popping up along his wrists in colors of red and purple. But I noticed when they started to grow, when the skin gave way to deeper and deeper wounds and the coagulated blood began to create dark, plump notches on top of his smooth arms.

My tears flowed down deep into the darkness that day, they flowed down deep into fear. But there’s a beautiful thing that happens once your eyes have adjusted to the dark. You’re able to clearly see the Light, and He gently pursues all of those tiny shadows on our hearts. And sometimes it’s only in the midst of the storm that you see Him there, the Light—waiting, calling, nudging you through.

That Light has grown brighter in the years after the incident. I see it everyday. I see it in the faded wounds on his arms and all of the small ways his circumstance has taught us and bonded us.

There is hope in every crisis. There is light in every shadow. There is Christ in every cross. And it is because of this that “we are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9). Light is always there, beckoning us with hope, with life.

Let the light in. He will illuminate your darkness.

Brittany Calavitta is an enthusiastic advocate for a good book, strong coffee, and a hopeful heart. After battling years of infertility, she and her husband welcomed their first child on September 11, 2016. You can find out more about her here.

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    Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 2:51 am

    Loved your devotion. It really described what happened to my husband and I this past weekend.

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      Brittany Calavitta
      June 16, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Prayers for you! Light is always present… even in the midst of so much darkness. Hold tight to that truth.

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    Vianey
    June 16, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Thank you for this beautiful reflection. It truly spoke to my heart. Thank you for whispering hope into our day.

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    Mary
    June 16, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Praise God for you are His Instrument today revealing to me that I am Beloved and so is my son and to not lose hope because the light will shine thru the darkness- do not give up.

    Thank you a zillion times today.
    Love, Mary

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      Brittany Calavitta
      June 16, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      Light ALWAYS shines through the darkness. Hang in there, sister. There is always hope. <3

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    Mary C
    June 16, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Thank you for this reflection, sister! I used to be on the other side of your story, the one creating lines in her arms. Praise God for keeping me away from it throughout this past year. Your reflection reminded me of how that journey to recovery started out for me, how in the total darkness of my situation I could feel God’s love nudging me to get better. Thank you for reminding me of that.

    Praying for you and your family that God’s light may keep shining brighter on you. Love from Indonesia,
    Mary

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      Brittany Calavitta
      June 17, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      Oh, Mary. Your message hits me right in the gut. It hits me with both pain and unspeakable joy. I’m sorry for the darkness. I’m sorry for the pain you’ve experienced. But I praise God in joyful gratitude for His light in your life! May you always follow that Light, even when it seems like darkness surrounds. He is always there. There is always hope.

      Much love to you, sisiter! <3

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