Words from the Heart for Saturday July 31st, 2021
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12 (NRSV)
Light of the World
Electric lighting arrived in the Ottawa area in mid-1881 when E.B. Eddy installed Bush arc lights in his huge lumber, match, and woodenware works in Hull, Quebec located at the Chaudière Falls. Forty arc lights, with a generator run by waterpower to provide the electricity, illuminated the yard at a cost of $11,000. The carbon electrodes, or “pencils,” used in the lamps lasted eight hours before needing to be replaced. Eddy’s lights were fifty percent cheaper to run than naphtha or coal gas lamps.
A photo taken from the International Space Station shows very clearly the border between North and South Korea. It was taken at night, and South Korea is lit up like a Christmas tree. North Korea on the other hand is almost completely dark. I wonder what the world would look like if a similar photo could be taken from a spiritual perspective – if every follower of Jesus, filled with His presence, shone with the presence of Jesus against the darkness of the world without Him. In John 8:12 we read: “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’” The world is in spiritual darkness without Jesus. For millennia before He came, people longed for a relationship with their Creator. It was only when Jesus was born that God was fully revealed. He still lights up the world through His presence in the life of those who love Him and who have been transformed by His death and resurrection. If you have put your faith in Jesus, He shines through you. Allow His light to brighten your world.
These have been words from the heart.