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Children of the Light

Today’s scripture: John 12:27-36

How awsome it would be to hear the voice of God in a thunderous way! “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The Father spoke so all people could hear saying that He honors Jesus’s name. The problem though is only a few actually understood the words that were spoken. John says that some only heard thunder, others understood that something spectacular just happened. Then comes the debate. It is funny how there always seems to be a debate.

Todays debate is over how long the Christ will live, but it is not over real knowledge but over what people heard. “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever.” We have heard… we have heard many things we have heard that judgement day was going to be on a certain date a month or so ago, we have heard that huricanes are God’s judgement on cities, we have heard many things but what do we know?

Jesus says that we should walk while we have light, lest the darkness overtakes us. Walk in light. That is what we know. If we walk in darkness then we stumble so we need to seek light and when we find it stay and abide with the light. Become a child of light.

Light is an intresting mystical tool. When we light a candle it is as if something magical has happened. Suddenly we receive a warm feeling that in a chaotic world there is hope. Some of our greatest times of our lives have forever been burned into our memories around a fire or candle. (Hopefully in a controled and contained way). Walk in the light, lest the darkness overtakes you. Believe in the light, that you may become sons of light. What words!

This is what lifeis all about. Slowing down and being at peace with the light. Why are dinners in candle light so amazing, becaue we are abiding in the light. Why is a gathering around a campfire so memoral, because we abide in the light. We slow down and just commune with those around us. The imperfect light provided by a flame draws our attention to those around us in a deeper why than the light of a 60 watt bulb can. The flicker provide a mystery for us to pursue and chase.

This is what scripture is like. It isn’t a spotlight illuminating everything but a candle with flickers of the divine being shown. Jesus gives us a glimpse of what full communion and compainionship with God truly is, while we interact with scripture. Worship, prayer, fellowship is like sitting at the table sharing a meal with our beloved. Yet often we aproach it with coldness.

Today I encourage you to shut off the lights and spend some time in the magic of candle light.

About jwquaker

I’m sure everyone wants to know who I am…well if you are viewing this page you do. I’m Jared Warner and I am a pastor or minister recorded in the Evangelical Friends Church Mid America Yearly Meeting. To give a short introduction to the EFC-MA, it is a group of evangelical minded Friends in the Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado. We are also a part of the larger group called Evangelical Friends International, which as the name implies is an international group of Evangelical Friends. For many outside of the Friends or Quaker traditions you may ask what a recorded minister is: the short answer is that I have demistrated gifts of ministry that our Yearly Meeting has recorded in their minutes. To translate this into other terms I am an ordained pastor, but as Friends we believe that God ordaines and mankind can only record what God has already done. More about myself: I have a degree in crop science from Fort Hays State University, and a masters degree in Christian ministry from Friends University. Both of these universities are in Kansas. I lived most of my life in Kansas on a farm in the north central area, some may say the north west. I currently live and minister in the Kansas City, MO area and am a pastor in a programed Friends Meeting called Willow Creek Friends Church.


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