In The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo says, “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your front door; there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
A grandfather said this, “In life there is sadness as well as joy, losing as well as winning, falling as well as standing. I do not say this to make you despair, but to teach you that life is a journey sometimes walked in light and sometimes walked in shadow. (Keep Going, by Joseph M. Marshall III)
I John 2: 5-6 says,
But whoever keeps his word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in him: the one who says they abide in him must walk in the same manner as he walked.
My granddaughter Else took her first steps in her 9th month of life. I believe she first walked to her daddy! Now she bravely walks the length of our family room. Truly amazing to watch her move! What a joy it is to celebrate her steps and see her bask in the praise. I can just imagine her coming into church one day soon and running down the aisle to her mormor or poppa! Else is gaining confidence each day, and we will have to stay ahead of her movements, for her own safety. Time to child-proof the kitchen and family room cabinets – Else is stepping out!
April brings another celebration of the Resurrection.
The resurrection of Jesus is an eruption of light. Death is conquered; the tomb is thrown open. The Risen One himself is Light, the Light of the world. With the resurrection, the Lord’s day enters the nights of history. Day dawns. This Light alone – Jesus Christ – is the true light, something more than the physical phenomenon of light. He is pure Light: it is himself, who causes a new creation to be born in the midst of the old, transforming chaos into something beautiful.
Jesus offers us each day his resurrection life, so that we might walk in His light and walk as he walked. I John 1: 5-7 says,
And this is the message we have heard from him and announce to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.
To walk is to live life fully with and for Jesus. How is that going for you today? How will the Resurrection impact your day, your month, this year? Walk in the Light!
In Christ, Pastor Tim