St. Mark Daily Lenten Devotional – March 28, 2015

by Audra Dial

Scripture: “They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days.  But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.” Exodus 10:23

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us, a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.  While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.  For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Today’s scripture passages speak to light as the awareness of the presence of God.  As I write this devotional, the sun has finally come out after a week of heavy, grey skies that made it hard to recognize the presence of light.  The sun’s presence has made a marked difference in the attitudes of people I see in my daily life.  What a difference light makes!

So, too, is the case with the internal light we experience as Christians.  When we are filled with His love and grace, we have joy, peace and confidence.  We experience life in a different way and can recognize the bigger picture and not get so upset by life’s everyday struggles.  The passage from 2 Corinthians reminds us to focus on the unseen, as it is eternal.  It can be difficult in the hustle and bustle of everyday life to remember to take time to center ourselves, but when we do, it can enable us to find our internal light and live in a way that reflects our Christian faith.  Just as the sun coming out helps energize and encourage us to think more positively, reflecting on our internal light can provide us with the energy and courage to live in the example of Christ.

Prayer: Dear God, Please help us to see Your light and to live our lives in a way that reflects our inner sunshine from its presence.  Amen.

Saint Mark United Methodist Church

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