Devotions

I am the Light of the World

Let’s explore the theme of light as we have “celebrated” daylight savings and have darker mornings.  We are thinking about actual light and the symbolism of light.

We have lots of different light sources… flashlights, ceiling lights, candles, light houses, headlights, camera flashes… can you think of more?  Which light makes you think of Jesus?  A candle has a soft, gentle flame.  A camera flash can show us details in pictures.  Headlights can guide us when we travel.  A light house keeps ships safe. 

 Activities

  • Make a Greeting Card! Cut paper into the shape of a candle or a light bulb, or just fold paper in half.  Help your child write “May the light of Jesus shine in you!”  Decorate and mail to a loved one.  Ask your kids: Who would you like to brighten their day with some mail? 
  • Paper Lanterns: Take a colored sheet of paper and fold it in half lengthwise.  Leaving about a two-inch margin on each side, cut even slits over the fold line approximately a half-inch apart without cutting to the edge.  Unfold the paper and bring the narrow ends together to form a tube.  Glue or tape the narrow ends together to hold it in place.  Add a paper handle over the top.  Ask your kids:  What do you think Jesus meant when he said, “I am the light of the world?”  Here is a website with images to help with this one.
  • Create glittery stars and hang them with your lanterns! If you have glitter, or tin foil, shiny ribbon, anything fun can embellish these.  Decorate cardboard stars (or paper) and punch a hold through them.  Hang them to remember that Jesus is our light. Talk about stars being like light that can move. Light waves travel across the universe, explaining that we see a star here on earth years after the light actually sets out from that star.

Source: Messy Church

Posted by Katie Ryan

Message from Betsy Butler

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”-Hebrews 12:2

On Friday, March 13, I drove home from Atlanta and I experienced a much calmer drive than I had one week before.  There were just as many cars on the road but I noticed the cars moving at a slower, yet more regulated pace. It was as if the world had taken a deep breath and was exhaling at a monitored pace; one that caused me to pause.

In the midst of our heightened awareness of personal care habits, I have also experienced a heightened awareness of my spiritual habits.

As we journey through these uncertain days, Hebrews 12:2 gives us the encouragement we need to walk with certainty; “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning it’s shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

When we “fix our eyes on Jesus” and when we devote our time to seeking a deeper relationship with Christ, we can find the peace we crave.

The authorities are encouraging that we stay home, gather only with immediate family and distance ourselves from one another.

I cannot help but to think, “What Would Jesus Do?” We hear the news and we are called to discern the difference between drama and truth. “Use your best judgement”...”This will pass”...”We are overreacting”...”Pray we are overreacting so that we can ‘flatten the curve’”...and the comments continue. 

Let your relationship with Christ help you discern between the drama and the truth. Over the next few weeks, our lives will be moving at a slower pace. Maybe this pace will give us reason to pause. I am choosing to believe this time is a gift from God. It is a chance to tackle some of those things I have neglected because, “there is just not enough time.”

In the coming days and weeks, we hope that you will continue to live out your faith and use this time to encourage others. Consider using your time to write a note or make a phone call to reach out to a neighbor and/or friend that you have not connected with recently. 

Do something different - do something you haven’t had the time to do and see how God transforms your life in the midst of “distancing” yourself from others. Physically being apart from one another does not mean we are separated. We can connect in creative ways and remain the body of Christ in the world. We can all agree we are living in unprecedented times. I look forward to hearing how God has used this time to strengthen your walk with the Lord.  

As a church family, we have the opportunity to pray for one another. Please share your prayer concerns with us and we will pray with and for you. Consider using Chuck’s message from Sunday as a daily prayer...”I am He” and trust the words of Jesus. 

May the Lord bless and keep you, Betsy

Posted by Betsy Butler

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