Daily Dose, Jan. 18 — All Things New

And this is the judgement, 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.’ (John 3:19-21)
I’m a fairly adventurous person, and I’ve always tended to enjoy adventurous pursuits. Maybe not an adrenaline junkie, but I don’t mind taking a risk or doing certain things that others won’t. I love roller coasters. I’ve jumped out of an airplane. I like to mountain bike. I ride a motorcycle. I’d bungee jump off of our steeple if our Trustees would allow it. I’ve spent a number of nights in caves over the course of my life. (And before you think it…I like adventure, but I’m not stupid! These nights were spent as part of an organized and guided group.) On one of these trips, our group spent the night in a fairly small room inside the cave. This was not a commercialized part of the cave, so there were no pretty lights or handrails. The only lights were the ones on our helmets or our flashlights. Everyone said goodnight and zipped into their sleeping bags. One by one, the lights clicked off. And then there was darkness. Inky, powerful darkness. You could almost feel it, like it had a real weight to it. When morning came - and the only way we could tell was checking our watches - we all had the same feeling. We were craving light. Some of us hadn’t slept well, and we talked about laying there in the darkness, only imagining what lay beyond arm’s reach through the darkness. Once the lights came on, the darkness faded and its weight seemed to melt off of us. Put simply, Jesus is the light of the world. He has come so that the darkness of sin, shame, and sorrow can be dispersed. When we let that happen, the weight of the darkness melts off of us as well. The light illuminates our life and our path forward, always leading us into something new and bright - away from the darkness. What will you do today to walk into the light? --Rev. Brad Greene