Scripture: John 12:27-36
Key verse: (35) “Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you.”
Reflection: This week the temperatures have taken a little drop, and that cooler air in the evenings and mornings is one of my favorite signs of the seasons changing. With fall coming and the heat (hopefully!) on the way out, one other sign of the changing seasons is less daylight. What seemed like just a few weeks ago I was cutting the grass at 8:30 p.m. and tonight I was racing the sunset as I finished a run around 7:30 p.m. Even with electricity lighting our homes and streets, we can still feel within our bodies and the rhythms of our lives the effect that sunlight has on us.
In our passage for today, Jesus the Son, talks about the importance of walking in the light. In the Gospel of John where we find ourselves, we too are in a season change, a time when Jesus recognizes that his earthly ministry is nearing an end. This season change is not without question and confusion from the disciples, wondering why Jesus must suffer, wondering where he is going, wondering why they can’t go with him. I wonder if the disciples’ questions to Jesus are like youthful attempts to hang on to the last signs of summer, trying to hold on to not only the late nights but also the carefree schedule of the summer? Were the disciples not wanting to see what was ahead of them, enjoying their present too much to let go?
In many ways, this move from summer into fall is not the only season change we are going through right now. In our world, perhaps change seems like the only constant right now. We are going through the season changes of a world in a pandemic, living virtually and at a distance, we are in the season changes of an election year, and the winds have been blowing since last spring of the season changes of racial equity and justice in our nation. How have you been feeling in this season? Change can be frightening; change can be welcomed. Perhaps in all of these changes we are trying to hold on to the last days of summer, perhaps we are trying to hold on to a schedule of life that seemed more “normal”, where we felt in control, where perhaps we were a bit more carefree.
However, just as sure as summer turns to fall and the daylight gets shorter, so too are we in a season of change, we are in it. In this time that may seem directionless, or perhaps the world is moving in a direction you aren’t comfortable with, may we find comfort and direction by holding fast to Christ, the Son, the light of the world. For when we hold fast to Christ, no matter what season we are in, we are walking in the light.
Prayer: God, often times we try to ignore the changing seasons around us, and we wind up walking in the dark. Bind our hearts to Christ, that we may forever walk in the light, through all the seasons of life. Amen.
Author: John Magnuson
[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].