Posted tagged ‘Redemption’

Light in Dark Places

January 4, 2015

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” Ephesians 1:7

 

At Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer, Minnesota where I serve as pastor, we asking members of the congregation to share pictures of light, which will be used as slides during our worship services in the season of Epiphany.   Many of the pictures are of beautiful sunrises or sunsets, and these pictures are often taken from the shore of one of the local lakes. They are beautiful. And inspiring, so I though I would give it a try. A few days after Christmas my brother-in-law and I were ice fishing, on Green Lake in Spicer. Just as the sun was setting, I took this picture.

 

Winter Light on Green Lake

Winter Light on Green Lake

 

As the sunlight was fading under the dark clouds of a cold December night, I was able to catch a sliver of light as the day was drawing to a close. I have been thinking about this picture a lot, and wondering about fading light. As darkness was creeping in from the east, the light was still there to remind the world that it does not disappear. Soon after picture was taken, the lights from homes, cabins and solitary fish house on the lake became quite visible even in the thickness of the dark sky. it was like little glimmers of hope and light were coming to life in the darkness.

The Daily Text watchword for this first full week of this New Year is “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” Ephesians 1:7  It seems to me that in the midst of the darkness of our sin, our falling down and our failing that the forgiveness and redemption we receive from Jesus is like the glimmering lights shining in the darkness on a cold winters night. This abundantly rich grace and forgiveness brings us hope and light, even in the darkest places of our lives.

As the season of the church change from Christmas to Epiphany, the season of revealing and light, may the promised hope of the riches of God’s grace be a light in your lives.

 

Just another Passing Thought!

 

P.S. If you have a picture of light, and the hope light brings that I could share with the community of believers at Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer, please send it to me at toddn@faithspicer.org.

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