Daily Archives: January 5, 2022

Evening Prayer: January 5th

Loving God, I thank you for the blessings of today and for your abiding presence. Throughout this day you have been with me, offering guidance and direction. As I take my rest this night, great me your peace that passes all understanding and help my strength to be renewed so that if it be your will I wake to another day, I will be able to serve you even better than I did today. In the blessed name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Daily Scripture Passage: Isaiah 1:12-17

Isaiah 1:12-17 (ESV)

12 “When you come to appear before me,
    who has required of you
    this trampling of my courts?
13 Bring no more vain offerings;
    incense is an abomination to me.
New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations—
    I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts
    my soul hates;
they have become a burden to me;
    I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands,
    I will hide my eyes from you;
even though you make many prayers,
    I will not listen;
    your hands are full of blood.

16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
    remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
cease to do evil,
17     learn to do good;
seek justice,
    correct oppression;
bring justice to the fatherless,
    plead the widow’s cause.

Thoughts to Ponder from John 8:12

John 8:12 (ESV)

I Am the Light of the World

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Growing up in New England had some highpoints. One of them was that within a few hours we could travel from our quaint little New Hampshire hamlet to the beaches of Maine. Because of that relatively short distance, many summer vacations were spent enjoying the sun, sand, and water on the shoreline of Maine. Of course, because of this, I developed quite the taste for seafood. No matter where my travels have taken me, nothing beats the clam bakes of Maine – quite honestly, I chuckle at those who equate seafood with Red Lobster. It will do in a pinch but it is not the same as getting seafood fresh off the boats as they come into the harbor. Because of those trips, I also have somewhat of a love of the sea. In fact, I romanticized many times in my youth of having lobster boats and living life in one of the small, picturesque towns on the Maine coast.

Yet in reality, the life of the sea is not always calm. As one travels the coast, there are constant reminders of the dangers that can also accompany life on the sea. Those reminders are the beautiful lighthouses that still stand along any coast. In today’s world of technology, the job of the lighthouse has become all but obsolete, yet that light still shines in the darkness, reminding people of the inherent dangers that are there. Yet, they also shine as a beacon that leads people safely home.

This passage in John seems relatively small, yet it is rather significant to the Christian. As the lighthouse stands in the darkness, shining its light in the harbor, Jesus stands as the true Light in the harbor of humanity. Jesus is the light of the Creator that shines out life to those who are searching for a way home. When the yearning heart earnestly seeks, that light, Jesus, shines forth, guiding us into the harbor of God’s love and grace. This life-giving light shines brightly, reminding us of the dangers that lurk in the darkness, reminding us that there is another way of life. Jesus promises if His life is the one we truly desire, He will shine forth and we will never have to walk in darkness again. As the sailors of old knew the light from the lighthouse was light of life, Jesus promises that in the darkness of our world, there is still One Light that continues to shine life to all who will accept it; it reminds us that there is a different way, a way that will safely lead us home.