John 9:4-5; 8:12
Night is coming when no one can work.
While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.
“Night is coming when no one can work….”
What a prophetic and apt description of the terrible times in which we find ourselves, gripped by panic and fear of a new virus pandemic that has shut down entire cities, states and countries, rendering countless millions jobless, plunging stock markets and economies into utter chaos.
And the antidote?
It is Christ our Lord.
The LORD is my shepherd;
there is nothing I lack.
In green pastures he makes me lie down;
to still waters he leads me;
he restores my soul.
He guides me along right paths
for the sake of his name.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff comfort me.
And the best way to overcome the night is for each of us to be a light to the world.
Be kind. Be cheerful.
Help those who are suffering and in need.
Be a light in the darkness.
Brothers and sisters:
You were once darkness,
but now you are light in the Lord.
Live as children of light,
for light produces every kind of goodness
and righteousness and truth.
Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness;
rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention
the things done by them in secret;
but everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
for everything that becomes visible is light…
and Christ will give you light.
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May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,
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Are We There Yet?
The following is an excerpt from
Traveling Light by Max Lucado
The twists and turns of life have a way of reminding us––we aren’t home here. This is not our homeland. We aren’t fluent in the languages of diseases and death. The culture confuses the heart, the noise disrupts our sleep, and we feel far from home.
And you know what? That’s OK.
Homesickness is one of the burdens God doesn’t mind if we carry. We, like Molly, are being prepared for another house. And we, like the parakeet from Green Bay, know we aren’t there yet.
Pootsie was her name. She escaped from her owner and came into the keeping of the humane society. When no one else claimed her, Sue Gleason did. They hit it off. They talked and bathed together, becoming fast friends. But one day the little bird did something incredible. It flew over to Mrs. Gleason, put her beak in her ear, and whispered, “Fifteen hundred South Oneida Street, Green Bay.”
Gleason was dumbfounded. She researched and found that the address existed. She went to the house and found a seventy-nine-year-old man named John Stroobants.
“Do you have a parakeet?” she asked.
“I used to; I miss him terribly.”
When he saw his Pootsie, he was thrilled. “You know, he even knows his phone number.”
The story isn’t as crazy as you might think. You have an eternal address fixed in your mind as well. God has “set eternity in the hearts of men.” (Eccles. 3:11 NIV). Down deep you know you are not home yet.
The book this is from is a wonderful treatment of Psalm 23. To learn more, go to Max Lucado’s website – https://maxlucado.com/products/traveling-light-releasing-the-burdens-you-were-never-meant-to-carry/
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