Thursday August 21 2014

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Scripture: John 6:16-27
Key verses: John 6:16-20 16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing.19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified.20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”

Reflection: Sometimes we get more concerned with what “might” be in the darkness. The disciples were not afraid when they were on the rough sea with strong winds blowing them around. However, when they saw a figure out on the water, they became afraid, imagining all that it might be or bring. Why must darkness always bring fear?

Doesn’t God work in the darkness as well as in the light? What would happen if we did not place light and dark against one another? In Learning to Walk in the Dark, Author Barbara Brown Taylor asks us to put aside our fears and anxieties and to explore all that God has to teach us “in the dark.” The disciples found Jesus in the darkness. Maybe we should take the words of Jesus with us into both the light and darkness: “do not be afraid.” Equipped with the words of Jesus, we will find courage as God guides us through whatever the day brings. Light or Dark.

Prayer: God, may I feel your presence all around me. Continue to equip and transform me with your words, your hope and your people. In the name of your son. Amen.

Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

 

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