A Moonless Night

Tuesday, March 12

12-24By R. Keith Lane of Valley Station, Kentucky, USA

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace…

—Colossians 1:19–20

Years ago, when my grandfather was a young man, he and my grandmother homesteaded on the plains of eastern Colorado. Life was hard. Cars were for rich city folks, and roads were a luxury. Walking was the primary way to get somewhere. There were no sewers, electricity, or running water. People ate what they could grow or traded goods or a service for what they needed or wanted. If the roof leaked, you fixed it. If your wife or children got sick, you nursed them back to health, or they died.

Since theirs was the only house for miles, there was no light to be seen when it got dark. Grandpa used to say it was so dark sometimes that you couldn’t see the hand in front of your face. When he was away from home preaching and teaching the gospel, he would be gone days, even weeks, at a time. Often when he got home, after walking miles and miles, it was long after the sun had gone down, and before the moon rose high enough to shed a little light. Grandma always put a candle in the window to light the way.

Without Christ in our lives, it is like walking on a moonless night. We find ourselves going in circles, repeating the same mistakes over again. But with Christ, who is the light of the world, we know the path of the disciple. Christ sheds light that we may see the pitfalls of life and withstand its temptations. The light of Christ develops disciples who serve.

Prayer for Peace
Reconciling God, we praise you for sending the light of your Son to show us the way. He is our sun by day and our moon by night.

Spiritual Practice: Light
Close your eyes, and become centered with your breath. Reflect on the statement: “The light of God is in all things,” as you breathe gently in and out. His light has a bright, soft beauty and radiates loving peace. The light of God reaches you and permeates you with a deep sense of peace. Rest in the light as it surrounds and fills you. Thank God that you live in God’s light, and it lives in you.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will share the peace of Christ to brighten the world.

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