Shiny Tree Trunks

November 7, 1999
by Rosemary Hagedorn

John 8:12 – 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." (NRSV)

Not long ago, I was looking out my kitchen window and I noticed how the leaves on the trees in the woods were slowly changing to bright colours of orange, red, brown and yellow. These woods, at this time of the year, are very dense, almost jungle-like.

As I continued to look out the window, I noticed how the sun's rays illuminated some tree trunks and I wondered how these rays could pierce through this density of bush and only give light to a few trees. Such a mystical phenomenon — tree trunks shining in the darkness!

This picture reminded me of how we shine, in Jesus, in a world of confusion, a world of doubt and a world without hope.

    Jesus is our hope for the future.

    Jesus is the light of the world.

    Jesus is the Son-shine in our lives!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for giving Your Son to be the light of the world. Jesus, help us bring a little light and hope into someone's life today. Amen.

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Rosemary Hagedorn <rosyhagedorn@gmail.com>
Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada

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