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1 John 2:7-11, In the Light

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Yet I am writing you a new commandment that is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.
— 1 John 2:8

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, July 1, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

The topic and stark comparison of light vs. darkness is as ubiquitous and universal in other religions as it is within the Christian tradition. Truly, it is one of the first experiences we perceive when God brought us into the world. An infant can perceive a difference in light, even at such a young age.

Even within the world of physics, light and non-light is a thing. Electromagnetic radiation—in all its forms—travels throughout the universe at the speed of (you guessed it) light.

299 792 458 meters per second, in case you were wondering.

Artists, musicians and poets, likewise, see the sharply defined dichotomy of light and dark and cast metaphors in each one’s own medium to capture the concept.

Led Zeppelin, one of my favorite bands, produced this one, also one of my favorite songs by them.

Provided to YouTube by Atlantic Records In the Light (1990 Remaster) · Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti ℗ 1975 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

Today’s great reading from the First Epistle of John brings both the goodness of God and the absence of God’s love into contrast. Love is light. Since we live in that light, to deny it is to return to darkness. The gift is that light keeps on giving, no matter where you’re at.

Can you think of a time when you needed the light, yet all seemed dark? What happened? How did God’s love break through?

 

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