I regret that I regularly and habitually focus on the ashes and not the light, as Thomas Merton writes; every time I do that, I forfeit an experience of the very best for something less than that. As Mary Oliver says, when I do that “there is something wrong, I know”.
What is your response to Jesus’ claim to be “the light of the world”?
How do you manage in our culture that is designed and engineered to capture our attention in a million different ways?
What is your experience of “light” vs. “darkness” in your life?
Take a moment to write down what comes to your mind. Maybe share it with a loved one later.
Gracious God, in your mercy, enable us to follow Jesus more and more each day.
Grace and peace to you…
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It entices us, fools us, and warps our very ability to perceive the difference between death-dealing and life-giving.
And the light is too bright, life-giving decisions and actions too hard, the freedom outside our familiar prisons too risky.
When we get to this place…and all of us get there…Lord, light of the world, have mercy on us.
Have you been in this place? Are you now?
If you are, what about the darkness is enticing you, holding you? What frightens you about coming into the light? Try to name these things, write them down. I think God will help you; in fact, God has promised to help you.
If you once were, what is it like looking back now? How do you feel about the darkness you were in? What was your experience transitioning to the Light?
Take some time to write down what is coming to mind. It might come back to save you someday.