Today…

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5)
“…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b)
“I am the light of the world: He that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Nothing troubles my heart more than hearing what is false presented as if it were truth. Though I ask, “how can it be?” I already know the answer. The spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit of God, brings life, but the deceiver who comes to steal, kill, and destroy has some convinced, believing and speaking a lie. What grave consequence results when people are swallowed up in darkness, not only for themselves, but often for those around them.

When I pray on my way to work, I ask the Lord to go before me and be my rearguard, to lead me and to protect me. I ask this for my loved ones as well. On days like today, I return to home whispering a prayer of thanksgiving from the deepest part of my heart.

I love to feast on what is good, to read, to watch, and listen to what brings hope. I love the truth of God’s goodness, His way of peace. I hate darkness and what it covers. When I encounter it, my whole being responds with sorrow as I know all that can come of it is destruction. I don’t want anyone to be harmed, to be hurt.

I find myself so grateful to have God’s Word as my comfort, to know HIs love embraces me. All we can do is offer love, walk in truth, and be a source of light in the world by the power of the Holy Spirit that lives in our hearts. We cannot retreat from the world and its darkness because our calling is to be the light that shines therein. I pray for courage and boldness when that is needed; for meekness and humility when that is what’s best.

Oh what a journey this life has been! I wouldn’t consider facing another day without Jesus as my guide.

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