Jesus said of himself, “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) He came into the world to pierce the darkness and shine the way to life for all humanity.
He went on to say, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16) We are also to be bearers of light into a broken world that can be full of darkness and pain.
In this season of quarantine, it may have been challenging to feel like a light. Struggling in our own ways with the difficulties that life has thrown at us, being a light for someone else might have been the last thing on our minds. Yet, it is often through our pain, suffering, brokenness, and struggle that the light of Jesus can shine brightest through us.
We are the presence of Christ in the world. Be that light to someone today.
Today’s Journaling Reflections
- Who has been a light to you during this quarantine season?
- What has been an area of struggle or pain for you? Have you been willing to face it? Why or why not?
- What challenges come with walking in the darkness, both physically and spiritually?
- What practical ways could you be the presence of Jesus to someone else this week?