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When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’
As we open our curtains and see the summer sun, we quickly forget the darkness of the winter months and are filled with the hope of a good day. It’s as though the presence and radiance of the sun play an active part in the ‘kind of day we’re going to have’.
The summer sun, our physical ‘light of the world’ is short lived as the seasonal cycle continues and the darkness of the autumn and winter nights gradually return. But there is a presence and a radiance that really does play an active part in the ‘kind of day we will have’.
To live in a world of total darkness where nothing was visible would be to live in confusion wandering through life aimlessly, not knowing in which direction to go. When the Israelites were wandered in the desert for 40 years, God showed his presence with a pillar of fire at night and a cloud by day. This light not only brought them assurance of safety and care, but literally guided them through a trackless wasteland.
Jesus is promising us not just salvation from those who oppress us, but salvation from all of the forces that rebel against God and that lie behind all the evil in the world today. And unlike the summer days which slowly fade into darkness, the light of Christ remains bright and true, bringing light and life to the world by setting it free from the bondage of sin.
Father, we give you thanks for sending your Son to shine upon us and within us. May His light glow brightly within our hearts and illuminate the recesses of our bodies expelling not just the darkness within us but healing us physically, mentally and spiritually. And may we, with our paths now lit by the light of Christ, shine upon those known to us who are living ‘in the dark’.
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