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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Let it shine!

The theme of light and darkness is more frequently taken up during the Christmas period than in springtime, but I just love the light here in the northeast of Scotland at this time of year. Particularly the late afternoon light, as the sun begins to head west and sends long golden rays to bathe us in a warm glow. 

Days are stretching out, like a bear waking from hibernation; nights are shorter. 

Every day we are inundated with news of further horrors and brutalities committed near and far. 

Darkness would appear to prevail but no, don’t you believe it. The light has come into the world – Jesus – and the darkness will never overcome it. We need to pray with hope in our hearts and faith in our powerful God. We need to keep our eyes on him and trust in his unfailing love. We need to walk close to him, know him better day by day, and learn to rest and refresh and renew ourselves in him.
It is a battle which is raging right now – not just the physical fighting going on in Syria and Iraq and Ukraine but the spiritual struggle between light and darkness, good and evil. 

Jesus vanquished evil on the cross. What he did was not just for us as individuals to live happily ever after with him; it was so that his Kingdom can come, and his will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

May that be the prayer on your lips and in your heart today as we press on and press in to God, totally dependent on him and filled with hope and expectation for the future. Those who walk in the darkness are desperate to see the light that shines from Jesus through his believers. Let it shine.

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