November 26, 2019

What I Read Today;

2 Corinthians 2; John 1; Daniel 9-10; Proverbs 13-14; 2 Chronicles 29-30; Numbers 35

I love the sunshine.  I’m not a fan of winter or cold weather.  I love the feel of the sun on my skin and the brightness of the day.  Gloomy, cloudy, and dark are just not my style.  From that, you can probably figure out what I think of daylight savings time.

By this time of year, I get up in total darkness, drive to work in darkness, and within an hour or so of getting home, it’s dark again.

Darkness makes things difficult.  After dinner, when I go to take the trash out, you can’t see what is in your way before you get to the garbage dumpster.  It gets really tough when going into the bedroom.  Especially if I come from the well-lit living room.  I’ve stubbed my toe more times than I like to admit because you can’t see anything.

Recently, I’ve started to use my cell phone to give me some light.  I don’t use the flashlight, I only light up the home screen.  The small amount of light provides enough visibility so that I can safely navigate my way through the dark bedroom to my nightstand.  It’s incredible how just a tiny amount of light can light your way.

As Jesus begins his ministry, the world is a dark place.  Pagan religions rule the day.  The Samaritans are looked down upon by the Jewish people.  The Jewish religion has become a class system with rules, so cumbersome it is nearly impossible to follow.  The hated Romans occupy much of the known world.

Into this darkness enters Jesus.  Jesus walked into this world to heal the sick, proclaim forgiveness and to show love and grace.  He showed the world a better way.  Jesus taught the world who God was.  He showed his healing touch to the woman who was bleeding, to the centurion’s servant, to Peters’ Mother.  Jesus reached out to the poor, the prostitute and the tax collector, and the ordinary person, to show them that God’s grace was intended for them!  He shut down the self-righteous and rewarded the humble.  He explained that love was expected no matter what day of the week it was.

The spark that Jesus provided changed the entire world.  Light entered the world, and humanity was changed forever through the teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

While today’s world may seem dark and cold, we can light that world up with the love of Jesus.  We can bring light to the cold reaches of our planet and bring healing and love to all around us.  We need only to rely on the spirit of Jesus.

A bill is working its way through the Illinois legislature that would end daylight savings time after March 2020.  Daylight savings time may finally end.  However, the light that Jesus shines will never be extinguished!

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