Fourth Sunday in Lent
Last fall while canoeing and camping in northern Minnesota, I would rise up in the middle of the night in pursuit of catching a glimpse of the northern lights. Those amazing lights that dance across the northern sky often elude my eyes while living here in Ohio. My eyes never gazed upon the rich, beautiful haunting greens, yellows, purples, and silvers of the northern lights. (Maybe I was looking south?:))
Still, the joy and happiness I derived from hoping to see this spectacular palette of colors made me crawl out of my sleeping bag each night, stagger stiffly out of the tent, and look up into the dark night, searching for the swirling lights.
Although I never saw the northern lights on this trip, God bathed me, God washed the campsite with milky white moonlight. It was fantastic to witness such brilliant, pleasing light each night. This brought unremitted joy into my evening.
The Word of the Lord reminds us today to reflect the Son’s light in all we say and do while we travel and paddle this remarkable world. We know “that his light came into the world,” and that brings radiant joy and serenity to all those who believe and let that light shine in and through them.
I invite you to rise up each morning to reflect God’s loving light as we witness to Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God.
Prayer: Lord, may your joy shine in and through us all as we are privileged to reflect fully your beaming love on all of your children. Amen.
John Wallace, pastor
First Moravian Church, Dover, Ohio