2012-08-07 / Church

Today’s Meditation

Darkness Or Light?
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Read John 3:16-21

Paul wrote, “I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.”

- Romans 7:19 (NRSV)

I like to ride my bicycle along a familiar route that follows a circuit of seven or eight miles. When I reach one point, I have to decide whether to turn right and continue into the countryside or turn left and return home. One day as I reached the point of decision, I looked toward home and saw black clouds with occasional lightning and thunder. When I looked to the right, away from home, the sky was blue with only occasional light clouds. I continued on my longer route and returned home later without feeling a single drop of rain. That decision was easy.

While Jesus was on earth, he spoke of a similar decision between light and darkness. Why is that decision not as easy in our daily lives as it was for me that day on my bicycle? Jesus said that it is because our actions are evil and we fear exposure. We prefer to stay in the dark and stumble — again and again. However, Jesus is the light. If we choose to stay in darkness and avoid the light, we separate ourselves from Jesus. When we turn toward the light, we can enjoy the way of living that Christ offers us. We have a choice: we can stumble in the dark or walk in the light.

Ted Beemer

(Dominican Republic)

Thought for the Day: Every day brings opportunities to choose God’s way.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, grant us the wisdom, strength, and will to walk in your light instead of the world’s darkness. Amen.

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