Contemporary English Version (CEV)
The light was the first thing that God made. Those of us who have stumbled in the darkness appreciate this -- just last night I was tripping over the kids' toys in the living room darkness, wishing I had light to guide the way.
The light is first, and it is separated from the darkness. God makes the light to guide us, but there is still darkness. It reminds me of the story of the girl who got a flashlight for her birthday and then said, excitedly, to her parents, "Let's go find some dark!" We are charged to let the light shine in the darkness, to remember that light beats back the dark, that hope and joy and peace are proclaimed whenever the light of love and grace shines in the dark.
May our lives be used to let the light shine in us and through us, that our hope in Jesus Christ may never diminish and may be shared with others.