Proverbs 3:21-26 (NIV) 21 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight;  22 they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.  23 Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble;  24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. 25 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, 26 for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.   

John 8:12 (NIV)

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”   

DEVOTION – E. H. (Tuck) Eudy (Florida)

Many years ago, my grandmother was riding in a canoe through the wilds of the northern Canadian woods.  Her guide was an old native man who was paddling her to a remote resort.  Duck was falling, and she had noticed earlier that he had cataracts.  A little anxious, she asked if he needed any help in seeing the shoreline.  Smiling, the guide replied, “No, but thank you.  I learned some time ago to go as far as I can see and when I get there, I can see that much farther.”

I heard that story many years ago when  was a young man.  However, it really didn’t resonate with me until recently.

My wife is now struggling (and fighting bravely) against lung cancer,  For the past five years, the disease has been present and active.  Terrific medical people have helped – with chemo-therapy and radiation – but the disease is still there.

Her fight – and mine – is to let her treatments take us as far as we can see and then to go on with new vision and new resolve, coping with what the next day brings.  Our comfort is that we are not alone!  Jesus, the light of the world, is with us.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Sometimes God lets us see only as much as we need to see.

PRAYER:  Dear Father, thank you for Jesus Christ, our light and our guide.  Help us to follow closely in his steps so that we can find our way to joyful living.  In his name we pray.  Amen.