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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 18, 2014

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THURSDAY, September 18

John 12:35-36 Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light.

If you have ever been on a cave tour where the guide turned out the lights, you have experienced a darkness so absolute that it feels like blindness. Or if you have stood on a remote beach and looked out over the ocean, you know what it is like to stare into a void.

Folksinger Arlo Guthrie says, “You can’t have a light without a dark to stick it in.” Having been in some profoundly dark places, I tend to agree with him.

I remember walking at night along the north rim of the Grand Canyon, with only woods behind me. The lights of the town on the south side of the canyon, about ten miles away, were just tiny dots, but pierced the darkness like beacons. Driving home once during a massive power failure, the only lights visible were other car headlights. Though I knew the way, I felt lost and insecure.

Jesus tells us to walk while we have the light, so we will know where we are going. How brightly one light shines in such darkness. How brightly the love of God and the gospel of Jesus shine to guide us. Believe in them. Believe in the light.

PRAY for the Diocese of Honduras (Province IX, The Episcopal Church)

Today the Church remembers Edward Bouverie Pusey, Priest, 1882.

Ps [70], 71 * 74; Job 28:1-28; Acts 16:25-40; John 12:27-36a



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