’ve never been bothered much by the cold. I love taking a walk on a frosty morning when even a blade of grass or an old tree branch can become a work of art. I love to ice fish and build snowmen and I don’t even mind shoveling. What bothers me is the darkness. On Sunday we turned our clocks back and now the sun sets before 5:00 pm. It’s dark when I get up in the morning and dark when I drive home in the evening. That’s too much darkness and not enough light.
I’m not one of those who has seasonal affective disorder (SAD) caused by the lack of daylight,
but I know a number of you are afflicted by this low-grade depression. My father had it each year and even bright artificial lights were not enough to totally cure him. Only real sunlight seemed to do the trick.
Jesus applies that lesson to himself: Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12; see also 1 John 1:5-10). Only the real light of Jesus can give us what we need.
When we find ourselves in dark places, crippled by sin, anger, hatred, prejudice and pride, Jesus can shine a light into that darkness and heal our brokenness. Every fall we will lose more and more daylight. But the light of Jesus still shines.
Have a bright week!
We continue with our Month of Thanks by thanking the following persons in our worship:
- Sunday, November 14 – Healthcare workers
- Sunday, November 21 – Frontline/Essential workers in other occupations (e.g. food, transportation, delivery, utilities, fire department, law enforcement/corrections, etc.)
- Sunday, November 28 – Educators
Also, thank you for supporting all the ministries of Resurrection Church with your Glad to Give commitment for next year. If you have not yet returned a 2022 Glad to Give commitment card, please do so this week.