March 19, 2012

John 3:21- But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

One of the things John likes to talk about in his gospel and his letters is light and dark. He associates light with God and darkness with evil. Darkness is, of course, just the absence of light. Light the smallest candle in a dark room and the darkness begins to dissipate.  In this strange and changing time that we inhabit many people are struggling to find a truth to live by. John’s answer is understated in its simplicity; live your life in the presence of God. This God consciousness is not a matter of obeying a list of rules but of opening one’s heart and mind to God as we see Him in the Jesus of the bible. There we find the light of mercy and grace. Our lives may not be transformed in an instant but the darkness does begin to dissipate. We can be honest about who we really are knowing that the light of God meets us as we are, where we are.  May the God of love enlighten the dark corners of lives this Lenten season, this very day!

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