The Light of Christ’s Mission

Monday, August 12

8-12By Donna Boyd of Independence, Missouri, USA

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

—John 1:6–9

Before we begin to understand the light that shines in the darkness of our lives, we sometimes try to hide from it. Have you ever lifted a large rock and watched little creatures scurry for a new, dark place to hide? This is the way a troubled soul might react to the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ at first. After we choose baptism into new life in Christ, his mission draws us in. We timidly, then earnestly, seek the light.

As we grow in faith and wisdom, our response to the light of Christ changes. We seek to continue in the light and to draw others into it. Because we have new life in Christ, we can shine into the darkness of others’ lives. When we separate ourselves from the Divine, without seeking forgiveness, our light dims. We may begin to hide ourselves from the light of the gospel. To continue in the light of God’s grace, we must become vulnerable to it.

Sometimes we glimpse more light than we can understand. As we stretch toward this light, we understand our need to engage in Christ’s mission. Only as we reveal the light of Christ in our daily lives can we lead others to him.

Prayer for Peace
Light, we linger in your brightness. We see you shining in Christ. We see Christ reflected in one another. May we not hide from your light, but seek it. May we seek to do Christ’s mission by inviting others to share in his peace.

Spiritual Practice: God’s Healing Light
Today’s intercessory prayer is adapted from the Quaker tradition. Become still and turn your attention to God. Prayerfully identify a person who is in need of healing, blessing, or guidance. Close your eyes and imagine God’s presence surrounding the person. See or sense the person being held in God’s light. Continue holding the person in the light and release the person into whatever blessing God knows is needed. Words are not necessary. Trust the Spirit to see and penetrate more deeply than human awareness. Thank God and close with “amen.”

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will invite another to share in Christ’s peace.

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  1. David Brock

     /  12 August 2013

    Great images of how we react to the light of Christ in the various stages of our faith journey . . .beginning with the troubled souls who initially scurry from the light to find a shadowy place to escape!

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