Night Work We must work the works of the one who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. – John 9:4 (NRSV) MOLLY BASKETTE | Jesus apparently spoke these words, but surely he, best friend to nocturnal fishermen, knew they were wrong as soon as they were out of his mouth. God’s work is being done in darkness all the time. I call insomnia my “alone time with God,” but truthfully, even in the middle of the night God and I are not alone. Amidst the sleepiness of 3am prayers, I remember all the other people who are awake with me. Not just the other insomniacs (I see you, friend) but: Long haul truckers moving food New parents nursing Laborers making roads straight Janitors making bathrooms fresh for a new day Nuns and monks praying the offices ICU nurses checking patients’ vitals Third-shift factory workers with children sleeping at home Ministers fielding emergency phone calls College students pulling all-nighters Lovers making love, and whatever else they are making . . . and so many more. Night falls and God’s people keep working, senses sharpened in the dimness, pushing their way through, sometimes praying their way through. They are the skeleton crew of our mortal striving, keeping the supply chain going, healing and fostering new life. Their deeds are witnessed by few or none, and still, they keep on, some in literal darkness, some in figurative darkness: laboring for a future we can’t yet see, unthanked and yet deter- mined, moving their piece of the world toward wholeness. PRAYER God, wake me once in a while to pray for all those doing your work in the dark.

About the Writer:
MOLLY BASKETTE is Lead Pastor of First Church Berkeley UCC and the author of several books; her newest book is How to Begin When Your World is Ending.

Source: “What’s Left of the Night?” | 2022 Advent-Christmastide Devotional by the Stillspeaking Writers’ Group, made up of United Church of Christ ministers and writers who collaborate on resources for people in the church, outside the church, and not sure about the church.