A Choice

“…walked in darkness…”

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“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light…” (Isaiah 9:2 & Matthew 4:16)

Patti and I were hiking through the canyons of Zion National Park in Utah when this scene opened before us.  The shadowed trail we were traversing was just a turn in the path away from the glorious sun drenched canyon walls before us.  So close…

The Light is oh so close… but sometimes seems so far away.  In our Christian calendar we proclaimed the coming of the Light at Christmas and now find ourselves wandering through Lent.  It struck me that this photo is a good representation of Lent.  We see the Light from the darkness of our lives, but now we have to choose to take those last few steps and cross over into the Light in order for its healing and comfort to engulf us.  Lent is about choice.

We must make the conscious effort to step into the Light.  Fear, anger, cynicism, and even misguided pleasure can keep us on the fringe looking at the Light but not walking in the Light. Lent is about choice — and Hope.  The sweetest candy is tasteless and worthless as long as it lies on the shelf wrapped tightly in cellophane.  (Trust me, I have a raging sweet tooth and know these things!)  Walking near the Light is similar.  It looks great, but…   Take the step… walk in, not near the Light.

I pray that God will give me the courage to choose to take the step into the light of divine healing and hope.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,
Gary
Pastor, Sand Hill United Methodist Church
Boaz, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on March 24, 2011.

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