March 6, Sunday
The Word Saves*
Revelation 21:22-26 (NRSV)
I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.
I am fortunate to live on the side of a mountain where I have a wonderful view of my city. At night, I can see the lights and it is beautiful and, in some ways, comforting. As I look out over the landscape, I am drawn to the lights – not the surrounding darkness.
In today’s passage, we read about a place where everyone will be enveloped in the divine –so much so that there will be no need of any light– the glory of God and the Lamb will illuminate everything. Darkness will not exist there because light chases away the dark.
Jesus, the Word that became flesh, is the divine light of the world. Those of us who have been redeemed have been filled with this light, which guides, encourages, and sustains us. We have been given grace beyond measure and now have a future filled with hope! We are privileged to live forever within this light.
Along with privilege comes responsibility. We have all walked through dark times in our lives. During those times, we hoped for glimpses of light and rejoiced when we found our way out of the darkness. Though we were once in darkness, now, we are children of light (Eph. 5:8). As children of light, we are called to let our light shine so that others can see their way to eternal life with God. As we shine as lights among the darkness around us, people in our world will be drawn to the divine light – to the God who saves.
Is the life and light of Christ within me shining brightly so that others will be drawn to God? Am I allowing something in my life that diminishes the brightness?
Lord, thank you that we have the living Word within us that shines so brightly in our dark world. Use us as vessels of this light to draw those in darkness to your wonderful salvation.
By Cinda Smith, hospice Chaplain
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