Light of the World

“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” “For you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.” “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”  “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” “In your light do we see light.” Genesis 1:3; Malachi 4:2; John 1:4-5; 8:12; Psalm 36:9 

God Who created light sent the Light of the world into the world at Christmas, as the Son of God, Son of man. His very presence in our lives ministers light to us. He rises with healing of our sin problem, our broken bodies and relationships and dreams. He floods our dark places of soul and misunderstanding and resentment, and dispels despair and doubt. He illumines the unknown that lies ahead, where we fear to walk or discover, by walking before us; and He shines into our hearts by His Spirit and word to reveal the places He wants to redeem and strengthen and transform. How can we not thank Him for this gift of light? How can we not open all windows and doors to let Him flood in?

Sunrise from lanai, fire and clouds 2

“Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by, born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth, born to give us second birth.  ~John Wesley (1739)

Light of light, You are joy to the world! Break forth in Your glorious array! Please speak Your light into me this day and fill me with all that it brings: hope, peace, gladness. Spill over wherever I go and with whomever I am so they see Your blazing love and are drawn irresistibly to You.

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