Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday March 30 John 8:12-20

Wonderful Wednesday at Wilson tonight: 5:30 dinner!
Lenten Circle of Love study group meets with Randy Jessen in Room 14 @ 6:15 to reflect on the readings of the past week.

Last Wednesday we celebrated our youth mission team and supported their journey of ministry. Tonight, I want to invite you to join your Wilson friends for supper at 5:30 with a different purpose in mind.

For those of you who were a part of the Bold New Step effort…you have a rock with your name on it! Do you remember where your rock is? Do me a favor, search it out and bring it to dinner tonight. If you can’t find it or if you do not have a rock to call your own…just come and we will have some ready for you to claim. Tonight will be our time of ‘gathering the rocks’ of faith! We will tell you more about how your rock will play a significant part in the ongoing life of our congregation.

Each passage we read is filled to overflowing with insight, wisdom, and wonder. Sometimes the wonder is the strongest component because ‘we wonder what this is all about’ when we read portions of the testimony.

In this passage we have one of the powerful “I am” descriptions that Jesus uses to describe his own life and mission. In the opening verse we read, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” We might ‘wonder’ what that means on the deepest theological levels but we can also easily see the image he is presenting. Jesus, by his very inner nature, helps people move from dark to light. It actually is one of John’s favorite images to describe the activity and ministry of Jesus. It is all about shifting from darkness into the light of Christ.

It is true; we could ponder this and stir it around with the desire to gain understanding and deep insight. Or we could simply let it speak to our own lives today. Would you do something for me please? Would you take a moment of prayer and just ask God, through Jesus, to show you where darkness has been dominate in your life and to demonstrate the abundance of light for your path? Go ahead, just ask.

Perhaps your area of ‘light’ will be in one of the key stewardship and discipleship areas that we have been exploring. Maybe it will be light that will allow you to gain clarity about how and where you can serve others. Maybe it will be light that will illume your path of prayer, or enlarge your spirit of generosity, or even give you strength to build something special with your Bold New Step rock. Who knows! God knows!

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