There is something haunting, lovely and deeply true about this photograph. Taken late at night the day after Easter, when all have gone home and the building and campus are still, here stands this solemn, peaceful testimony to the promise of Easter. In the darkness of the world is a table of life.
Bombs are falling, corruption spreading, refugees fleeing war and danger and being sent home.
2Hear my prayer, O God;
….give ear to the words of my mouth.
3For the insolent have risen against me,
….the ruthless seek my life. (Psalm 54:2-3)
12 Many bulls encircle me,
….strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13 they open wide their mouths at me,
….like a ravening and roaring lion. (Psalm 22:12-13)
16 Dogs are all around me;
….a company of evildoers encircles me.
…. My hands and feet have shriveled;
17 I can count all my bones.
….They stare and gloat over me;
18 they divide my clothes among themselves,
….and for my clothing they cast lots. (Psalm 22:16-18)
3 The wicked boast of the desires of their heart,
….those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord.
7 Their mouths are filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
….under their tongues are mischief and iniquity.
13 Why do the wicked renounce God, and say in their hearts,
….“You will not call us to account”? (Psalm 10:3, 7, 13)
2 Look, the wicked bend the bow,
….they have fitted their arrow to the string,
….to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart.
3 If the foundations are destroyed,
….what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:2-3)
4 I lie down among lions
….that greedily devour human prey;
their teeth are spears and arrows,
….their tongues sharp swords. (Psalm 57:4)
8 On every side the wicked prowl,
….as vileness is exalted among humankind. (Psalm 12:8)
Yet here stands a table in the dark, beckoning us to dine, calling us to new life.
7How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
….All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8They feast on the abundance of your house,
….and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9For with you is the fountain of life;
….in your light we see light. (Psalm 36:7-9)
3 O send out your light and your truth;
….let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
….and to your dwelling. (Psalm 43:3)
15Happy are the people who know the festal shout,
….who walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance. (Psalm 89:15)
11 Light dawns for the righteous,
….and joy for the upright in heart. (Psalm 97:11)
28 It is you who light my lamp;
….the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness. (Psalm 18:28)
The light shines in the darkness,
….and the darkness cannot overcome it. (John 1:5)
Here stands a table in the dark, beckoning us to dine, calling us to new life.
Here stands a table inviting the world to peace.
Believe in the light while you have the light,
….so you may become children of light. (John 12:36)
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