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A perfect guide

A perfect guide

Something to read

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘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.

Something to think about

‘Never say never’, says the idiom, expressing either hope or fear that there’s always a chance that what seems certain will change. Jesus, of course, pays no heed to English idiom, and claims that those who follow him will ‘never’ walk in darkness.

Light and darkness are rich metaphors, and the light of God offers more than just a guide for individual decision-making in our personal lives. Rather, ‘walking in the light’ is a way of life characterised by truth and integrity, by love and fellowship, by repentance and forgiveness.

Recognising that we are intrinsically connected to one another, I walk in the light when my choices are no longer about fulfilling my own personal goals but part of the great movement of the people of God towards peace and justice, which will be perfectly fulfilled in eternity.

Jesus is the one who walks perfectly in this light; following Jesus, it’s impossible to walk in the darkness of greed, hatred, violence or injustice, simply because he never does. But if we’ve wandered off in that direction, there’s always another chance to fall back in step with him.

Something to do

Set up a little reminder when you leave the house, to walk in the light. It could be a bright footprint picture on the doormat, or a little candle that lives by the front door. You could even go all out and buy some neon laces for your shoes!

Something to pray

Jesus, thank you that you are the light of the world and you show me how to walk in step with you. Where I have struggled to choose light over darkness, help me finding my footing in your ways again. Amen.

Today’s contributor is Rev Claire Jones