2021.05.30 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Sunday, May 30, 2021 comes to us from Kathleen Harder of Texas
John 8:12-19 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.” 13 The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true. 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.” 19 Then they asked him, “Where is your father?” “You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”
Psalm 27:1 (NIV) The Lord is my light and my salvation
When the hurricane slammed into our coastal town, our family was prepared. We had stockpiled water, food, flashlights, and batteries. Our children gathered in a large downstairs closet with their blankets and pillows, munching on snacks. We monitored the television coverage of the storm, hoping for the best. Although our backyard fence fell over and the wind tore at our windows, we were calm because we knew the storm would eventually pass.
Then the lights went out. The children started to cry, the television went off, and the roaring of the wind seemed louder than before. In total darkness, we turned on flashlights and lit some candles. Instantly everything seemed better, our fears subsided, and we were soon talking and laughing together.
That night as I looked at my family’s faces in the candlelight, I remembered how often the Bible speaks of light. The book of Genesis tells us that God created light (see Genesis 1:3). The Psalms describe the Lord as “my light and my salvation” (see Psalm 27:1). In the Gospels we hear Jesus proclaim, “I am the light of the world” (see John 8:12). The lights went out in our house during the storm, but God’s light will never go out in our lives. If we follow Christ we will never walk in darkness.
Prayer Focus: Disaster Relief Workers
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for filling our lives with your light. Amen.
Thought for the Day: God is my light.
— Kathleen Harder
May God shine Holy light to guide us through all that we do and offer in ministry.