Lenten Devotion for Wednesday, March 5
By Dan Flynn
Read John 1:9-14
In 1948 the farmer who owned the land our house is on today had a street light put into his barnyard. You see, in 1948 it was so dark without the light that people would sneak into his barnyard and steal the gas he used for his tractors. It happened enough that he finally had a light installed that we still use. Even today when that light goes out it is extraordinarily dark.
John writes in v. 9, “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.” True Light is now coming and He who IS light will give that light to us. John is speaking to a Hope that the world lacked and that Hope is coming to us to draw us into His presence.
Even today when that light goes out it is extraordinarily dark.
Yet John is clear in v. 10, “…though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.” Despite the fact that True Light created all things, the world forgot who created them and no longer recognized the Creator.
Without light we all live in darkness and fear reigns. Just like that old farmer in 1948, the thief comes to take and destroy. It is a terrible thing to live in that darkness.
Without light we all live in darkness and fear reigns.
We are given the gift of Light and for us who believe we become “children of God” or we might say, “children of light” and we will recognize “True Light.”
We pray: Dear Jesus, In a world of darkness, You came forward piercing the darkness with light. Thank You for such a gift of light and making us children of light. In Your name we pray. Amen.
Share a story of a time you were in the dark. How did you feel? How did light change your feeling?
Get a candle. Turn off all the lights. Notice how even a little light changes the darkness. True Light always conquers the dark.