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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Today’s Reading | John 1:6–9

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. (NRSV)


Many people are brought into a theoretical light in times of need; there are those who overcome the darkness and struggle that surrounds the ones they are helping. Sometimes when you are having a bad day, there is that one person that turns your day around or helps you get through what you are dealing with. This passage about John draws my attention to the idea that he was sent down from God about this light. John was sent before the people to call attention to the source of life, to help them know how to live their lives. He helped them to understand these things, as no one had a right answer. John was a gift from God. Several years ago I was on a mission trip in Cuba with the youth choir. While we didn’t do any physical work, our voices and song were our gift to the people who live their lives struggling but seeking God’s help in church. The music was God’s gift to the congregations in Cuba. God sends many gifts to those who need them, gifts that will help them through their struggle. John serves as evidence for the light.


Lord, I give you thanks for the people in my life who help me through times of stress and struggle and for those who are brought into my life when I need them most. Help me to be the light for others as they are for me. Amen.

Written by Rachael Cohen, member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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