This week we are looking at two passages Genesis 12: 1-5 and Matthew 5: 13-16 and see what these two different texts can tell us about our call and mission as the church. We’ve looked at the world behind the text of … Continue reading
This week we are going to be looking deeper at two different passages that seem, at first, to have no great connection. But, upon closer examination have a great deal of relation to each other. This week we’ll be looking … Continue reading
Over the next few weeks in our Rooted in Christ Study, we’ll be looking at some of the favorite passages from our staff at St. Matthew’s UMC. These are some of the parts of the Bible to mean to most … Continue reading
Today’s reading is Romans 13: 11-14 Light and darkness are always big Biblical themes. We see it in creation. We see it in the Gospels, especially in John. We see these themes all across scripture. Today we see choices for how … Continue reading
Today’s reading is John 3: 1-21 Here is another passage that is so very familiar to us. There are a couple of things that I want you to notice in this text. Notice when Nicodemus comes to Jesus. At night. In … Continue reading
This past Saturday, my daughter and the Germantown High School Band competed for a state title. They came in second, and I was very proud of her, and of them. I didn’t get to see many of other the bands … Continue reading
In this time of year, and really all throughout the year, the book of Isaiah is a great book for us to read as Christians. There are so many beautiful references to Jesus within its pages, so many prophecies that … Continue reading
Yesterday in our walk through 1 John we were told that if we walk with Jesus we will keep His commandments. Today in 1 John 2: 7-11 we see what those commandments are: 7 Beloved, I am writing you no … Continue reading
Today’s passage is one of those good ones. One that you need to go to your Bible and highlight, dog ear, and keep coming back to over, over, and over again. Read this. And then reread it again. Listen to 1 … Continue reading
Feels dark sometimes, doesn’t it? Feels like there is darkness in the world, darkness in ourselves, darkness all over. In the news, in our communities, all over. It just feels dark sometimes.
Every morning I read and reflect from the Morning Office, which gives a listing of an Old Testament, New Testament, and Gospel Lesson (or reading) for the day. Between those passages, you can read other acts of worship or readings of scripture. And one of those daily readings is from Isaiah. And that reading jumped out to me today. It’s from Isaiah 60: 1-3:
1 Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
2 For darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will appear over you.
3 Nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Yeah, that’s how it feels sometimes, huh? Dark. Thick darkness. A hopeless darkness. Things are bad and they aren’t getting better. Yeah, we feel that sometimes.
So that’s why I think it’s cool that every day, there is this reading. Every day, we are reminded that light has come. Every day we are reminded that as dark as the darkness is, the light is brighter. The light is stronger. The light is more powerful.
The light is stronger than the dark. In our world. In our souls. In all that is happening.
Don’t given into the lie that darkness wins or is great than the light. It is is not. Light has come. Light wins. Light brings hope, peace, power, and light.
Feel the light today. I think of the words of Psalm 139:12:
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
That is true, because even in the darkness, God is there, we can’t flee from His presence. And if He is there, then the darkness will be driven out. Hope hope today. God is good. Trust in Him. Cling to light. And know that no matter how dark it seems, His light has come.
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