John 1:1-14 (NRSV)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life,  and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.   10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own,  and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son,  full of grace and truth.   

Psalm 139:11-12 (NRSV)

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,” 12 even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.   

DEVOTION – Bettie Higgins (Alabama)

Our son-in-law, a professional photographer, was to videotape a football game at a stadium he had never visited.  Relying on his knowledge of the area and the technology in his vehicle, he set out.  He drove anxiously through darkness to numerous dead ends, finally accepting that he was lost.  He stopped, got out of the car, and looked around.  There in the distance he saw the glow of the stadium lights.  Watching that glow, he drove steadily toward it.

Sometimes in our life’s journey we struggle to find the way.  We rely on knowledge, education, and our sense of control.  But inevitably, we come to dead ends trying to find our way through pain, relationships, and even worship or church responsibilities.  As life darkens we may feel frustrated, helpless, and lost – forgetting the light that God shines on the path to lead us.

Where is that light?  In prayer, in meditation, and in reading God’s word.  Sometimes this light shines clearly as from the strong lights of a stadium;  sometimes we have just enough to see the next step on our path.  Either way, when we rely on God we can move ahead with confidence that God is with us, lighting the way.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God lights our path one step at a time.

PRAYER: Giver of light, we admit that we are in darkness; we are lost without daily light from you.  Help us to see your light and to follow.  Amen.