In the midst of some of our daily journeys we find ourselves reminded of the presence of God in Christ who brings us his love-light.
The Van Morrison concert was over, and it was time to return from Edinburgh to Aberdeen where I used to live. It was a clear, cold, dark, winter's night, very late, and not much traffic, as we drove along the motorway, heading north.
Then it happened! The whole northern skyline was set ablaze with the twisting tentacle-like fingers of the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights – nature's greatest light show, filling the darkness with colour and vivid movement. I had always wanted to see the Northern Lights; I had wondered what they looked like. And there they were, filling the darkness, unmistakable, impossible to miss. I drove on, looking up occasionally.
Part of Eugene Peterson's modern translation of the first chapter of John's gospel speaks of Jesus saying,
- Every person entering Life
he brings into Light.
- – (John 1:9 MSG)
Jesus longs to bring us into the unmistakable wonder of the light of the Father's love. Jesus, the light of the world, shines in the darkness of our world, challenging us and leading us to the light of hope and life. Perhaps we should look up occasionally.
Prayer: Father may we live in the light of your love, today and forever. Amen.