Pastor's Paragraph for January 6, 2019

JANUARY 6, 2019

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My friend and I were settling down to get a good night’s sleep backpacking on the Appalachian Trail north of Harrisburg. We were both beat! It had been a long day of hiking—15 miles in the summer heat. We laid down beside Clarks Creek and looked forward to a good night of rest!

Suddenly I looked up and saw a bright light through the trees, shining down the mountain through the trail. I yelled out, “Who’s coming?” and waited for an answer. No answer. Suddenly I heard my friend laughing like a crazy man. I yelled out with anger in my voice, “What’s so funny?” He kept laughing. Finally, he got control of himself and answered me, “Don’t you realize that that’s the moon shining through the trees? Lay down and go to sleep!” He yelled out a few other non-complimentary names as he laughed himself to sleep, but I was dumb-founded to realize just how bright that moon appeared as it shined through the trees. It amazed me how bright a light can appear in the midst of total darkness! 

The writer of the Gospel of John was also amazed. He lived in a dark world created by nasty people who loved nothing better than imposing their darkness on the people who lived in the harsh world around them. But he had already found his Light, and he wanted to share that information with down-trodden people around him. He said it in this way: “… 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.”

Our family just said their good-byes to my wife’s brother, who died Christmas Eve, but once again Jesus’ light is shining in the midst of his passing, and we know full well where Roger is right now. Even death cannot extinguish Christ’s light. In the new year ahead of us, let’s do everything possible to walk in that Light!

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Pastor Jack Grove
Minister of New Members