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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 1, 2022

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MONDAY, August 1
[Joseph of Arimathea]

John 1:3b-5 . What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

One of my favorite memories is visiting Carlsbad Caverns. We walked through beautiful rock formations until we reached an area so dark that we literally could see nothing. We fell silent. It was as if life itself had vanished. Then the guide turned on his lantern, and all was well. The crystals sparkled, and the trickling water glowed. Best of all, my husband was right there.

Seeing those we love suddenly reappear kindles an experience of how the light of Christ brings life to us. Like us, Christ was flesh and blood, but he scattered the darkness of death to become the light of the world. He is the one who reveals life itself.

It is by the grace of Christ that we learn how to see light in the darkness. It is by the grace of Christ that we can see through flesh and blood to the spirit of true life. And it is in seeing that light, in seeing that life, that we too become children of God.

MOVING FORWARD: When have you seen Christ's light in the midst of darkness?

PRAY for the Diocese of Matlosane, Southern Africa

Ps 80 * 77, [79] | Judges 6:25-40 | Acts 2:37-47 | John 1:1-18

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