What I Read Today;
1 John 1-2; Acts 18; Jeremiah 29; Psalm 107; Ruth 4 & 1 Samuel 1
1 John 1:7, “but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” NRSV
It’s easy to let the world drag us into darkness. It seems no matter where you look, negativity and anger shine through. It doesn’t matter if it’s politics or world events; we go dark and negative. The world around us seems angry and mean.
Sometimes it seems that darkness has fallen.
Now we’re isolated. We see mental health professionals beginning to worry about the long term effects of isolation on those who suffer from depression and anxiety. For people suffering from the impact of these diseases, this is a severe problem.
Add to that, millions of people losing their jobs, and business owners struggling to keep the lights on. It seems that darkness has already fallen.
Yet, in the midst of all this, there is light. People are finding creative ways to worship. Our Bishops and District Superintendents are now regularly communicating with Facebook Live and other social media platforms. I’ve been watching a little dog named Pluto for several days and laughing at the things her owner does and says.
People are making time to talk to loved ones more now than ever before. Facetime and Google Hangouts can’t replace close interaction, but they are getting us through for now. I see more jokes on social media now than negative political ads. Teachers are finding creative ways to work with students. Doctors and Nurses working hard every day. Store clerks are now rock stars. Fast-food workers have become heroes. Truck Drivers are now saints. Food banks remain open.
The light is shining. It is beginning to burn brighter and brighter. We need to keep shining our light. We need to show the world that Jesus will overcome the darkness. When this is over, don’t stop. Keep showing everyone what the love of Jesus can accomplish.