Scripture: John 8:12-20
Key verse: (12) “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
Reflection: This is the second of the “I Am” sayings in the Gospel of John. The words for “I Am” in the Greek language, as they are used here, are directly related to the divine name used in the book of Exodus when Moses met God at the burning bush. Jesus declared he was God – not a reflection of God. He was and is the light of the world; not a reflection of light but the light itself. Jesus invited people to follow him – to follow the light. That invitation continues today. However, there are times, even when we are following, that we feel like we are standing in the dark and we don’t know where to turn. Life events can humble us and drive us into darkness. Even people of faith can struggle to see the light when life overwhelms them. And, yet we believe that the light of life illumines the world, even when we can’t see. God’s promises made throughout scripture continue to remind us that the “I Am” is with us. The light of life will light our way when we face hardship. I like the way Jean Varnier, philosopher and theologian expresses this: “Jesus did not come to take away our fears, but he gives us a new strength through the Holy Spirit, so that we are not governed by fear, nor live in darkness. Jesus cries out that whoever follows him will not be lost but will find the way.” 
May the light of Christ shine in your life today to comfort, to guide and bring hope to you and all whom you meet.
Prayer: Light of the world, we thank you for your enduring presence with us. May your light – the light of life – reflect in our lives as we seek to follow you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[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].
 Varnier, Jean The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Relationship, 2015 p. 53