As a child our family would go camping, and I would often join my dads cub pack when they went camping as well. One thing you really come to appreciate when camping is light. Whether that is as a family gathered around trying to play a board game, or to guide you to the toilet block! It’s also the light that tells you when it’s time to stop playing French cricket and head back in to the tent.
Light is the first thing created. Stars have been used since the beginning of time to help people find the way. We even find following a star in the nativity story as it guides the Magi to Jesus.
Light is a powerful thing and Serena Roy says that God’s love is the light in our lives. She says
“It is God’s love that lights our path and kindles our desires to encourage and help one another along the way”
Over the summer I have been reading a book exploring different world religions, and within them all there is this element of there being a divine that brings light and guidance. Within Christianity there is the belief that God was before all things, and that through God all things came in to being. Why? Because of love. Everything, therefore reflects His love.
It’s not like that streaming light from the sky that is depicted in paintings, but in all things we can see God’s love if we choose to. When we see and experience God’s love, that then will have an impact on how we respond to others. If we saw that when we were camping someone didn’t have a torch, would we watch them struggle as they tried to find their way, or would we share our torch with them?
The idea of God’s love being in everything can be quite difficult, especially when things aren’t going too well. When Paul was writing to the Church in Rome he said
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
We can often look back and see how positive things have come out of horrible situations. We may not be able to see it at the time, and often question what is going on, but within Christianity there is a hope, a trust that God works for good in all. That too, can bring hope and light when surrounded by darkness.
What is the love of God? It is light in a world of darkness, will you let it ignite you?
Challenge: go through times of darkness both personal and in the world from the past year. What light can you see that has come out of them now?
Prayer: Father God, thank you that you are light, and because you created us, you bring light in to the world. Help us to seek that light in the darkness and to bring that light to others. Amen