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Lenten Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Friday, December 18, 2020  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  John 3:16–21

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.” (NRSV)

As our days—as in hours of daylight—grow shorter, I find myself craving a sunny day. I can feel God’s love for me—for all of us—radiated in the warmth and glow of the light. It’s easier for me to push aside the darkness, the evil and negativity, on a bright, sunny day. It’s a bit harder to do that on a cold, cloudy, windy day.

It seems so many of our days recently have been of the cold and cloudy type. How much easier, then, it is for us to remain in the darkness instead of the light. God calls us out of the darkness, calls us into the light, calls us to search for and embrace God’s love for us and to send that love and warm embrace out into God’s world.

Let us embrace all of God’s creation. Those parts we enjoy and understand and those we don’t. Those folks we consider friends and those we call strangers. And most of all those in our families, whether that family was given to us or created by us.

Lord, please help me to live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and to trust in you to take care of the rest. Amen.

Written by Lisa Garay, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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