5th Sunday of Lent

Last week, 4 candles were lit and one was snuffed out.  This week 3 candles were lit and now there are only 2.  “It’s getting darker,” we say, and truly I do feel the darkness crowding in sometimes.  Daily we hear stories of the crushed and broken.  I can’t go through a day without feeling sin’s effects, both personally and in the one’s I love.  The candles going dark are a picture of the effect of sin on our world.  It seems like darkness is winning sometimes.  It seems like there is very little light left.

“Where is the light in this, God?”

And then I enter the embrace of my church family on Sunday.  “There is the light!  The glimmer of hope in my brother’s eye, I see it!  The joy of passion in my sister’s discovery that you heard her, God!”  Fellowship, sweet fellowship, like nothing I could ever find on my own.

And so we read these verses again…

I John 1:5-10  This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

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