While there is light we still have a chance.
In case you still haven’t seen it, I want to reassure you that there are no spoilers ahead.
Star Wars has always highlighted the contrast between the light and dark with various Jedi being encouraged not to be seduced by the dark side of the Force. The contrast is also made clear in terms of its consequences. The dark side is associated with negativity, fear, anger and hate whereas the light side brings life, calm and peace. In the world of film that is so often morally grey it is refreshing to be presented with this very clear picture of good versus evil.
So, the good guys are in a life or death situation when Poe Dameron (seriously, who comes up with these names?) says ‘while there is light we still have a chance’. It is a real throwaway line, but for me it really sums up the ongoing battle in Star Wars and it also reminds me of life in the real world.
Life does often feel dark and difficult but Jesus is the light of the world and he reminds his followers that we are the light of the world as well.
While there is light, there is hope in the world and my prayer is that the light of Jesus would shine brightly in the world and that his light would shine in us and through us.
If you want to think about how we can bring light in the darkness then you might want to read The one about praying in dark times.