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Tuesday Reflection

17th November 2020

'I believe that the sun has risen'

12 When Jesus spoke again
   to the people, he said

"I am the light of the world.
  Whoever follows me
  will never walk in darkness,
  but will have
  the light of life."

.....John 8:12

One of my favourite
quotations of C.S. Lewis'
many writings has to do with
God's light:

'I believe in Christianity
 as I believe that the sun
 has risen;
 not only because I see it,
 but because by it
 I see everything else.'

If the sun is shining
we do not have to
actually see it;
it must be there
even if it's hidden
behind thick clouds,
because without it,
we would be in almost
total darkness,
unable to see anything except
shadowy outlines that
the moon and stars might
give us.

Of course,
we would all be dead anyway,
for without the sun,
life cannot exist.

We get wisdom from
other people
but it is like the moon,
reflecting the true glory
of the sun.
Truth comes from God
and his truth
is perfect.
As Paul tells us:

12 For now we see in a mirror,
   but then face to face.
   Now I know in part,
   but then I shall know
   just as I also am known.

..... 1 Corinthians 13:12

Atheists and agnostics
contemplate and struggle
over the meaning of life,
searching for some justifying
reason for our existence.

Philosophers fill books
on the subject.
But how can they expect
to find a lost item
when groping in the darkness?
Yet if we try
to hand them a torch,
they will reject it.

The more we learn
God's Word
and what he wants
from us the clearer
we will see.

Only in God's light
can we see the right way
to go and not stumble
over obstacles in our path.

This brings to mind
Minnie Louisa Haskins'
famous poem
'The Gate of the Year'
which was a favourite
of the Queen Mother
and included
in her funeral service.

And I said to the man
who stood
at the gate of the year:
"Give me a light
 that I may tread safely
 into the unknown."

And he replied:
"Go out into the darkness
 and put your hand into
 the Hand of God.
 That shall be to you
 better than light
 and safer
 than a known way."

So I went forth,
and finding the Hand of God,
trod gladly
into the night.
And He led me
towards the hills
and the
breaking of day
in the lone East."

Let us put our trust
in Jesus
and walk in his light,
sharing that light
to others.