The Light shines in the darkness

Hello!  I have been away for a couple of days at a conference – a conference for church leaders and it truly was a light shining in the darkness moment for me.  There is a verse in John chapter 1 that says “the Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overpowered it”.  It is an amazing verse and those who have been hanging around me at church will know that John chapter 1 has been following me around.  And today I signed up to a reading programme that comes with my Bible on the iPad and the first reading was John 1.“The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”

I remember reading or hearing that a candle lit in the dark can be seen from 3 miles away.  Something as small as a candle flame can defeat the claustrophobic feeling of pure darkness.  So it is with Jesus Christ – his Light can defeat the claustrophobic feelings of negativity, cynicism and apathy.  Later in John 1 we read that even Jesus wasn’t accepted by his own and yet his Light continued and continues to shine.When we are tempted to give up, when the darkness surrounds and there seems no way out, let’s look for the Light of Christ.  It may come from a surprising source but I guarantee that the Light of Christ still shines for you and for me.  “The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”

For a moment I encourage you to pray about your darkness – what is making your life hard or claustrophobic?  It could be ill health, grief, stress, work or family worries, personal issues, church issues, or the need for a sense of direction.  The darkness is anything that attempts to destroy our relationship with God.Ask God to help you to see his Light – the Light of Jesus Christ who gave his all and defeated death the ultimate darkness.If the light seems far away then pray for help to walk towards it, knowing that God goes with you.If you are in the good place of light, pray for your family, friends and all God’s children around the world who are needing the Christ Light.

Lord Jesus, we praise you that you are the Light of the world, and that you are the Light who guides our path through this dark dark world.  With you there is nothing to fear, yet the darkness seems all powerful, and it crushes our spirit.  Turn our focus back to you, give us courage to reach out for the light and restore us our faith in the goodness and love of God.   Let us live as children of light.  We pray for all your children, lost and found, that they will all spot the light of Jesus and be welcomed into your holy Kingdom. Thank you.  Amen.

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