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A recent trip to Tennessee, U.S.A., had us travelling throughout the night. Around 5:30 a.m., I began to look for signs of daybreak. It was overcast, and we had driven through rain during the night, so although I was not expecting to see a sunrise, I was anxious for the light of day. What I had not accounted for was the fact that we have driven into a time change, and what I thought was 5:30 a.m. was now 4:30. As time went on and I thought that it was now close to 6 o'clock, but it was not getting light, I soon realized that it was in fact 5 o'clock. I was disappointed for many reasons, mainly because I felt that the light of day would give us renewed strength to finish our journey.

As we struggle with circumstances in our lives, how many times the dark of night seems like it will never end. Then the light of day shines through, and the circumstances, though still there, don't seem quite so insurmountable.

The Bible tells us that without Jesus in our lives, we are living in a world of spiritual darkness.

John 3:19 – This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. (NIV)

Colossians 1:13 – For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. (NIV)

1 Thessalonians 5:5 – You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. (NIV)

If we are the sons and daughters of light, then we need to be sharing this with a world that still has darkness. Until we see Jesus, we are in a world that struggles even more than we do with the darkness. We have the light of Jesus to help us at any time, but what about those who do not know Him? How are we reaching out to them and sharing Jesus?

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for the hope and the light that we have in You. Empower us daily to share this light with others. We also ask for comfort and love for those who still struggle. We pray for healing and freedom for each one. In name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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Julie Bowles <julieanni@rogers.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for a good word Julie.


    May we always be lights… for Him.


    Julie – Thanks for sharing the light with us.


    Amen to that, Julie. Love it.
    Blessings.


    Julie, this is wonderful and thank you for sharing with us. I pray that I always remember this. May God continue to bless you.


    Julie, Could I ever identify with your desire for daylight to complete a long tiring trip. Thanks for the reminder that Christ lights our way throughout our lifelong journey with Him. Blessings.


    Thanks Julie.
    Keep them coming!
    Blessings
    (England)


    Hi Julie,
    Thanks for the devotional. As someone who has long ago given over the driving to my wife driving through rainy nights are no problem to me. However I would feel bad if when I thought it was five o’clock, to be told it is still only four. But battling with a hip joint that needs revision and a waiting list that reaches several months I can understand the long nights. The wonderfully great consolation though is that we are never alone… God is with us.
    Blessings.


    Dear Julie,
    Thank you for your devotional.
    I particularly liked your scripture verses and what you said about us being “the sons and daughters of light”.
    Yes, the LIGHT of the world is JESUS. Only he can save us and keep us for time and for eternity.
    But beware of driving when tired. I once found myself driving on the wrong side of a two-way highway, having momentarily lost touch with the awake world. I thank God that no other vehicle was meeting mine. I have not since had any such experience. I learned my lesson.
    I pray for God’s continued blessings on your devotional writing — and on your caution in traveling. Please never drive at night unless there is no alternative. You could hurt others as well as yourselves.


    Amen, Julie!

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