Eternal Light

"...will be your eternal light..."
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" No longer will the sun be your light by day or the moon be your light by night; I, the Lord, will be your eternal light;
The light of my glory will shine on you." (Isaiah 60:19)

I got out of the car and turned to go in a shop with my family when I glanced up the hill and saw this old cemetery. I was immediately drawn to something. It took a moment for me to realize that it was the light calling me. The day was ending, just a few minutes before sunset, and the light reflecting upon the tombstones on top of the hill against an angry winter sky was especially magnificent.

Since starting to take more photos I've discovered that I've become increasingly sensitive to light. There's light -- and then there's light... Patti, my wife, would confirm that on many occasions as we've been driving down the highway she's heard me remark, "Wow, look at that light!" I think the same can be said for our spiritual relationship with God. There's God -- and then there's God...

Our spiritual connection with God changes as we deliberately focus more of our attention on God. There's God -- the distant, "I guess I'd better behave or else God will get me" God -- and then there's God - the intimate spiritual companion on our journey who listens to our joys and sorrows and reminds us with, "I the Lord, will be your eternal light..." God is always the same, but it's our attention to the relationship that develops it into a more intimate experience. In that experience we come to know the wonder, majesty, and support, and challenge of the One who promises to offer a very special Light - the Light of divine glory - the Light of eternity.

I pray that God will help me focus more attention on our relationship through prayerful dialogue, study, worship, and fellowship with my fellow travelers. How about you?

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


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