When I was asked to contribute to this devotional booklet and saw the scripture references, I knew immediately that I wanted to write about “the light.” You and I can think of many contrasts, but light and dark are quite obvious. Close your eyes. Now open them. There it is!
There are many references to light found in our sacred scriptures prior to our reading these words of Jesus as he taught in the temple. In the very beginning we learn that “the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep. Then God said let there be light; and there was light.” (Genesis 1:1-3) God must have thought light was pretty important! Later we learn “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” (Isaiah 9:2b).
What do you do when you enter a dark room? Try to find the light? Or do you carry a light with you? Would you choose to fumble around, not certain of where you are going as you wander in the dark searching for the light? Had you rather carry a light with you into that dark place?
Earlier, John tells us that the “Word (Jesus) was light for all the people and that darkness cannot extinguish that light.” (John 1:4-5). On this day, Good Friday, darkness tried to extinguish that light, but it could not. That light (Jesus) shines today in these dark times and beckons us to follow. We can catch that light and reflect it to others.
I cannot help but recall that song I learned in Sunday School many years ago. I bet you know, too. “This Little Light of Mine, I’m going to let it shine.” Make today and every day one when you let your little light shine so others can find the way.
Oh gracious Father, thank you for providing the light for us to follow. May we share that light so others will follow. Amen.