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Lent Devotionals: Friday, April 14

The Light in the Darkness

 
 
Billy’s parents would put him to bed every night by kissing him on the forehead and telling him that they loved him. What Billy’s parents didn’t know is that Billy was afraid of the dark. When he would lay down and close his eyes his little heart would start racing and thoughts of monsters in his room would run through his head.
One night, when Billy’s mother was kissing his head, Billy said, “Mommy, I’m afraid monsters come in my room when you turn my light out.” His mother said; “Billy, what makes you think monsters come in your room?” Billy said, “They’re smart. They know that I can’t see them when it’s dark so they sneak in so they can get me.”
Darkness is, by definition, the absence of light. In darkness our vision is limited, if not non-existent. Without vision, we are unable to see what surrounds us, and that can be frightening. Just as Billy was afraid of the dark, I imagine Jesus’ disciples experienced an overwhelming sense of panic, perhaps terror, the moment he died on the cross:
It was now about
noon, and darkness covered the whole earth until about three o’clock, while the sun stopped shining. Then the curtain in the sanctuary tore down the middle. Crying out in a loud voice, Jesus said, “Father, into your hands I entrust my life.” After he said this, he breathed for the last time. (Luke 23:44-46, CEB)
For the next three days, the world would be without the light of Christ.
This Sunday is Easter Sunday. Churches all over the world will experience their highest worship attendance of the year. People will come to church wanting to feel good about the resurrected Jesus. But, in order to fully appreciate Easter, we have to go through Holy Week. We can’t dismiss Maundy Thursday. We can’t divorce ourselves of Good Friday.
The light cannot be fully understood without the darkness. The goodness of God cannot be fully appreciated without an awareness of evil.
As you journey through the myriad of emotions Holy Week brings; the companionship of Christ as you take Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday and the overwhelming sadness and of Christ’s suffering on Good Friday, don’t forget to live into the fullness of the joy Easter Sunday
brings.

Christ is the light that overwhelms the darkness. Because of this, we no longer need to be afraid of the dark. We can live into a new and restored relationship with our Creator, our Redeemer, and our Sustainer. Amen?

May God’s grace and peace give you strength,
Pastor Scott

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are God’s own possession. You have become this people so that you may speak of the wonderful acts of the one who called you out of the darkness into his amazing light.” (1 Peter 2:9, CEB)

Rev. Scott Goodfellow
Senior Pastor