Daily Devotion Tuesday, February 18

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – PSALM 123; GENESIS 31:1-24; 1 JOHN 2:1-11 and JOHN 9:18-41

PSALM 123 – 1 To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!  …
3   Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us, 

1 JOHN 2:1-11 – 10Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause for stumbling.

Jesus came that God’s light and love might be seen and had by all. Yet not all saw or see God’s light and love. The gospel reading from John for today and yesterday point out how many did not see, even after sight was given to one who had been born blind. It is this one who said; “I was blind but now I see.” One of my hopes and prayers is that others may see God’s light and love in me and come to believe in the one who came that all might see.

What I notice is that when I turn my eyes from God, from Jesus, that I stumble and fall. If I focus too much upon the world, this is when I end up seeing more darkness than light. When I focus upon the world and all the ways of the world, I stumble and fall. Its in focusing upon God’s love and light shown through Christ that I find the path to true life.

When I was a young boy, my grandpa made me, my brother and sister a tightrope to walk across. Granted it was only maybe a foot off the ground but it was a tightrope to walk. I never did accomplish walking across it. This was probably because I’d look too much at the swaying rope instead of the horizon. Lesson then and now, keep our  focus upon the horizon, upon God and we’ll follow God’s path through life.

Today, I’m going to make it my goal to love others as God loves me. I believe that will be a good pathway through this day.

O God, thanks for shining your light and love upon us through Christ. Open our eyes, our soul, so that we may truly see you in others, in life this day. Amen.

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