Darkness Passing, Light Shining

During the final song of Wednenday's mid-week service, I saw people gazing out of one of the windows; whatever they saw gave them immense pleasure. I had guessed what it was. It had been a wet afternoon, and a rainbow had connected itself to Martin Top Farm, whereat the chapel was founded two centuries ago. Yet it was surely the boldest rainbow I had ever seen. It was actually a double, yet within a few minutes, it was gone.

I had been preaching on 1 John 2: the darkness is passing away and the light is shining. Against that dark and gloomy sky, the colours of the rainbow offered a most pleasing contrast. Truly, as this world descends into greater spiritual darkness, even the little glows of country chapels shed light enough by which Christ might still be seen.

Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. 1 John 2:8