The Upper Room devotional reflection for Thursday, February 10, 2022 comes to us from Jerry White of Florida
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
“God’s Light in Me”
For several years I lived in a place where electricity could not be depended on. Most days we had electricity for three or four hours in the evening, but when the electricity abruptly went off there was total darkness. On clear nights the stars of the Milky Way and the moon provided light, but on cloudy nights the darkness was complete. I often woke up in the night, heard the howls of packs of dogs or wolves, and felt suffocated by the darkness.
On one of these cold, dark nights I woke up in paralyzing fear. Then some words of scripture came to my mind reminding me that God is light and is the source of all light. I realized that because I belong to God and God’s light is in me, I always carry that light even when I may not be able to physically see it. I went back to sleep that night, feeling comforted. I have carried this lesson with me, and God is my constant light within. I am tempted to fear when I see the evil in the world, but scripture again reminds me that God’s light dwells in me. I can find peace in God’s light and shine it so that others can find peace when darkness seems to be closing in.
I love the image of stars shining in the midst of great darkness. What a powerful way to imagine our God shining around and through us. Of course, there are many other moments when literal light shines in darkness. There are candles on Christmas Eve or on a special dining table, special lights shining through our windows, or a spotlighted cross on a church or a lonely hill. Any of these are remarkable symbols of God’s light shining into our world. But even more important, each of us shines with God’s light as we move through this world that God has given us, and we are called to shine that light wherever we go for all of those we encounter.
Thank you, Father, for the gift of light you have given us through your Son. Amen.
Those without reliable electricity
Thought for the Day:
God’s light is always in me because I belong to God.