MONDAY, MARCH 28
A TIME OF COMFORT
Today our mentor Jesus shares a deeply comforting promise, a reminder of his presence with us. He simply says…
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life. (John 8:12, NRSV)
Sit with this promise for a few minutes. Where do you need the light of Christ today? Is there any darkness in your life that needs illuminating? Are you comforted by the thought of an ever-present light for your path? Have there been any moments this week in which you did the leading more than the following? How do his words touch your soul today?
Today Jesus tells us that he is the light of the world and the light of life. His words speak to me of the light of awareness, both in our world and in our lives. The word darkness usually reminds me of sin, but today I perceive it as the unawareness that comes from not being able to see his ever-present guidance and goodness (which, on further thought, may actually be the source of our sin). Jesus our light illuminates our way, increasing our awareness to life and his loving presence in it.
As wonderful as his light is, there are times when we would rather not see, when we are tempted to shut our eyes to the troubles of the world or the issues within ourselves. In a similar way, I can recall a few times when I chose to live in denial rather than face the truth. I lived with abdominal pains for quite some time before seeing a doctor and discovering my cancer. In a counseling session, I eventually remembered a painful childhood incident that changed the course of my life but had long been buried in my memory. Shining the light of awareness on my troubles was initially painful, but this led to eventual healing and joy.
Jesus shines that light of awareness for us now, in our lives and in our world. As we follow Jesus, the light of Christ will shine a light of direction for our journey, illuminate the needs of others and ourselves, reveal the surprising joys and unexpected beauty along the way, expose the areas that need tending or correcting, and most of all – be a beacon of God’s presence with us wherever we go. Our paths will become brighter, our lives lighter, as we follow Jesus, the light of the world.
We follow Love, and we find Light.
Photo by Karen, Hurricane, WV
Bible verses found at https://www.biblegateway.com/