If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth; but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
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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