Already the nights are getting a little shorter and we are enjoying just a bit more light each day.
This time of year can be difficult for some people who suffer from lack of light and often most of us generally would appreciate more time in daylight hours. I find myself a little more reluctant to go out in the evenings, particularly to somewhere new which involves searching for a road or a house and not being able to see the numbers on the doors!
Looking for light is something that Christians find help with in scripture. God’s word that ‘enlightens’ our hearts and minds to see a way through what might seem like dark times. Psalm 119 v 105 says: ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.’ Indeed one of the names of Jesus Christ is ‘the Word of God’; another is ‘the light of the world’.
Yet it isn’t all about words either, our actions come from having the ‘Word’ in scripture enlighten our understanding and faith. We know Jesus as being God in human form – showing us how to live, how to relate to one another. To be people who care for others, help the lost and broken in society and reach out to those who are lonely, sad or frightened. People who look outwards more than inwards – yes, I mean that! That isn’t always easy and of course any of us can go through hard times and need support – it’s a bit of a circle really. We give to others and when we are in need, others give to us. Not a ‘payback’ system; much more than that – a life that enables us to receive as well as give. Often it’s the receiving that we find hardest of all.
As this year moves on, let’s look to what we might do for others and allow ourselves to receive too.
Blessings in Christ
Revd Gerri Tetzlaff