Daily Devotion Saturday, September 1st

Saturday, September 1, 2012 – Psalm 149; Job 9:1, 10:1-9, 16-22; Acts 11:1-18 and John 8:12-20

Job 9:1, 10:1-9, 16-22 – 20Are not the days of my life few? Let me alone, that I may find a little comfort 21before I go, never to return, to the land of gloom and deep darkness, 22the land of gloom and chaos, where light is like darkness.”

John 8:12-20 – 12Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

There is quite the contrast in our reading from Job and our reading from John. Job in his pain and anguish had lost all hope, there is darkness. Then in John we hear how Jesus is the light unto the world.

I know that one day I’ll have to face my own mortality. I’ve sat with many a member who was facing their own. I so admire the ones who faced it with hope, that their dying was not the end but only a beginning. I hope that when I have to face my own mortality, I’ll be able to face it with hope, knowing that Jesus came to bring light into the world; this world and even the next.

I give thanks for our Lord, Jesus Christ, who was born to bring light into the world and who lived and died to do just that. For through Christ, we can know that our dying is only a new beginning. In the cocoon, there is a butterfly. In our dying, there is a resurrection.

Thanks be to you, O Christ, who gives us hope as we face the fact of our own mortality. Help us trust in you and believe in you and your gift of new life now and always. Amen.

Psalm 149 – 1   Praise the Lord!
     Sing to the Lord a new song,
          his praise in the assembly of the faithful.

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