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Pastor's Notes April 2012

posted Dec 18, 2014, 3:07 PM by Henry McTague

“Jesus says, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” John 8.12

Dearest Friends in Christ,

As we come closer and closer to the day of Resurrection, the image of Jesus as God’s holy light given to illuminate the way of life is very powerful for us. Jesus issues an invitation to follow the Way, to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to know the presence and essence of God within. Are these empty words or do they occupy a place of importance in our lives? What does this sentence of Scripture mean to us?

One thing is for sure, these words will not rescue or insulate us from the experiences that mortal life will bring our way. Not even the deepest, most resolute faith in the Triune God, will keep stress, worry, depression, illness or death from our doors. For the Hebrew people, the blood of the lamb protected them from the angel of death, but the realities of human life commenced as they fled Egypt for a new life in the land promised to them. So faith is not an antibiotic or a bullet-proof vest or an air bag, and Jesus knew that.

What he does promise us is a new life, lived in and through the Spirit, if we can trust in God’s plan for us and follow the Son. Jesus promises to lead us in light – the light of the Lord; the light of new life. No longer will we be alone; no longer will we wonder what path to follow in life; no longer will the darkness of despair, anger, loneliness, confusion, or apathy control our lives. For Jesus will be with us, walking before us and beside us, offering us companionship and light for the journey. This is the gift of presence, of love and of hope that we long for, and that many search for in the wrong places. Jesus knew, and he reminds us, that the way to be comforted is to comfort others, the way to be understood is to understand others, and the way to receive love is to reach out and offer love to others. It is by serving others that we open ourselves up to receiving the gift of hope from the one who modeled servanthood with his every breath.

May these weeks of Easter fill us with the love and light of Christ, that we might never dwell in darkness again as we travel this wondrous journey of faith.

Wishing you every blessing,

Pastor Gail