Friday, February 19, 2016

Day 9 of Lent: God's Light Shines in Your Life

Divine revelation did not end with the closing of the biblical canon or a chosen set of scriptures.  - Those are the words of the author of our devotional book, Holy Adventure by Bruce G. Epperly.

His words mirror the words that we believe in the United Church of Christ...There is still more light to be revealed.  It also mirrors the words of one of the mottoes of the UCC-God is Still Speaking.  

We are receiving light from God as we live in this world and try to live out the call of God in our lives to be like God, to be more like Jesus Christ, to be motivated and challenged the God's Holy Spirit.  We are receiving light as we do God's Will in the world and share God's love with our neighbors.

Sometimes we forget our identity as God's light in the world.  We often live by fear, defensiveness, guilt, and scarcity.  We may doubt our abilities and hide our gifts.  God's light continues to shine in us and through us, however, forming our lives even when we are unaware of its power.

The early Quakers believed that God's inner light was the deepest reality of all persons.  This led them to oppose slavery and war and to treat Native Americans with respect and fairness.  It helped them champion prison reform also.  Make a commitment to experience the world from the perspective of God's holy light.  Look for the light hidden in everyone you meet.  Take a moment to see yourself as a partner with God in bringing God's light to those you meet.

Tell yourself:
I am the light of the world.  I shine for God.
Others are also lights of God's world.
God shines in my life.
God also shines in the lives of others.

Holy Light, shine brightly in my life.  Let your light in my life burst forth, warming my heart and the hearts of all I meet.  Let every breath be praise and every word be love.  In Christ's name.  Amen.  

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