March 11, 2015

John 8_12(1)

Jeremiah 8:4-7, 18–9:6, Romans 5:1-11, John 8:12-20

One night traveling between Cape Town and Johannesburg, the alternator on my car gave me trouble. So I turned the lights off and drove following those “cat eyes” on the road. “Cat eyes” are those reflective lights glued into the roadway. It was a strenuous drive following those little reflections coming off the pavement. It led to a few near misses. What I learned that night is humans are not nocturnal beings, we function poorly in the dark. We need the light. This is even more important on the spiritual plane.

Those who follow Jesus will never walk in darkness; we have “the light of life.” In and through our baptism, the power of the Holy Spirit brings Jesus, our light, to us even in the darkest nights of our souls. He is with us even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Ps. 23:4

Whatever your darkest night or day, Jesus stands with you in that darkness. Some are in the midst of divorce, preparing to bury a loved one, facing a terminal illness or picking up the pieces following a natural disaster. No matter what darkness attempts to engulf you, Jesus’ light is there for you.

Prayer: Jesus, I thank you for your light that shines and drives away the darkness in my life. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Dieter Punt, Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Troutman, NC.

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