For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.

Ephesians 5:8 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

Darkness

On September 23, 2022, Gary Colwell held an outdoor party at night with absolutely no lights. People from across Ontario flocked to the North Frontenac Township Dark Sky Preserve about two hours west of Ottawa to stargaze under dark skies. Some drove from as far away as Montreal and Toronto just to escape light pollution. In big cities, powerful artificial lighting 24 hours a day makes for brighter skies, making stars less visible. But in the 44,871 square kilometres of the dark sky preserve, bylaws control when people can turn on artificial lights and what kind of lighting people can use.

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It is very clear in scripture that Christians are called to live lives that look very different from the ways of the world. There is much about this world that is beautiful – God creation is stunning in so many ways, and we enjoy all that God has created. But so many in this world live as if there is no God, pleasing their nature in any number of ungodly ways. Christians are called to avoid this. The apostle Paul speaks to this in Ephesians 5:8: “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” One of the major themes of Scripture is the contrast in our lives that Jesus makes – once we were this, and now that Jesus has come into our lives, we are that. In this case, the contrast is between darkness and light. In order to know how to live as people of the light, we need to know what God calls us to do and to be – we do that with time daily in God’s word and committing ourselves to live accordingly.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley