“People who have come to know the joy of God do not deny the darkness, but they choose not to live in it. They claim that the light that shines in the darkness can be trusted more than the darkness itself and that a little bit of light can dispel a lot of darkness. They point each other to flashes of light here and there, and remind each other that they reveal the hidden but real presence of God. They discover that there are people who heal each other’s wounds, forgive each other’s offenses, share their possessions, foster the spirit of community, celebrate the gifts they have received, and live in constant anticipation of the full manifestation of God’s glory.” HENRI NOUWEN
Where have you seen the LIGHT this week? Take a few minutes and think about this.
Where have you been blind to the LIGHT? How have you gotten sucked into the darkness? Talk to Jesus about this and ask him for forgiveness and new sight!
Where have you seen the LIGHT dispel the darkness?
How do you need to receive more of the JOY OF GOD? What can you do today to experience JOY? What do you need to stop doing in order to be more joy-filled?
Who is pointing you to flashes of light in these crazy days? Thank Jesus for them.
How can you bring more LIGHT to your family, roommates, neighborhood in the days ahead? Ask Jesus to show you and help you!
Pray for your country, each day this week. Pray for peace and justice and “our better angels” to prevail.
LIGHT A CANDLE or use your flashlight as a reminder that God’s LIGHT is brighter than the darkness. SHINE the flashlight on a map of your country or your city and pray for God’s LIGHT TO SHINE and BE SEEN there.
READ 1 John 3:1-3. What helps you remember that you are totally loved by Jesus and you are a child of God?
How can you see other people as God’s children today? How can you share more of God’s LOVE AND LIGHT even to those who disagree with you or think differently than you do?