Seeing the Light

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John 9:1-7, John 9:13-41, Acts 9:1-20, Acts 26:12-18, Colossians 1:9-14

Section 2: People of the Light

We do not sit on the sidelines of the story of redemption. We celebrate the first advent and eagerly anticipate the second because the incarnation changes everything—including us. Those who are in Jesus share in His call to be light to the world, a reflection of Him through the work of His Spirit. As we move toward Christmas Day, we’ll read Scripture calling us to respond to the arrival of our Savior by living as shining lights in this dark world.

There are many lovely things that are unique to nighttime. Watching shooting stars from a picnic blanket. Fireflies surprising you along the grass. The yellow glow from a lamp post. Christmas lights on a tree. In fact, these are things that can only be seen or appreciated at night. It’s the absence of light everywhere else that draws our attention to them. In this sense, the purpose of darkness is to point us to the radiance of light.   

When Scripture refers to “darkness” or “the night,” it isn’t talking about the hours just after dusk. Instead, these words are used as symbols for spiritual blindness, bondage, or evil. The book of Acts captures God’s words to the apostle Paul just after his conversion: “I am sending you to them to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God” (Acts 26:17–18). To live in darkness, then, is to live a life apart from God. 

Scripture is saturated with stories of how God’s light breaks into our darkness. And this is such a powerful reality because these are also stories of how God’s light breaks into us. In today’s readings, we see the light from heaven that struck Paul, followed by Ananias’s healing touch that returned his vision (Acts 9:3,17). This imagery becomes a hallmark of Paul’s forthcoming epistles. We also get the story of the blind man whose life was characterized by physical darkness until being miraculously healed. “One thing I do know,” he says, “I was blind, and now I can see!” (John 9:25). This man didn’t know who Jesus was, but he had an inkling that he was holy (v.33). Having his sight restored is testimony enough for him. 

Both stories demonstrate that seeing things as they really are, when your life has known nothing but darkness, can only come about by the power of the living God. 

This Advent season, let’s remember that we are people of the light. Christ is the Light of the World that broke into our darkness (John 9:5), and now we carry this light within us. I don’t know about you, but it’s a little easier for me to remember this when our churches are filled with candles and the Advent wreath is lit. It makes the darkness of winter feel not quite as hollow and empty. Together, let’s follow Christ as He teaches us to see things as they truly are.

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  1. Kenyari Keith says:


  2. Lindsey M says:


  3. Sarah Morrison says:


  4. Megan Taylor says:

    Oh my goodness. The prayer for spiritual growth. It’s basically what I pray before I read my Bible in the morning but not nearly so elegantly put. AMEN!!!!

  5. Nicole Stevens says:

    Sweet Jesus, Glorious Eye-Opener, Light of the World. Thank you! Thank you for rescuing me and each of us from darkness and bringing us into your marvelous radiant brilliant light.

  6. Krystal Canup says:

    I love Point of Grace

  7. K D says:

    Praying for you right now.

  8. Jenny Horsley says:

    The purpose of darkness is to help
    Us see the radiance of light.
    I’m amazed at how God chooses timing which would not be ours. Eg why didn’t Paul just convert? Why did he kill people first. I don’t think I would have made that plan and yet because of His darkness he knew the light so much better.
    I hope that I can reflect the light and understand and trust your timing better

  9. Jenny Horsley says:

    The purpose of darkness is to help
    Us see the radiance of light.
    I’m amazed at how God chooses timing which would not be ours. Eg why didn’t Paul just convert? Why did he kill people first. I don’t think I would have made that plan and yet because of His darkness he knew the light so much better.

  10. Jenny Horsley says:

    The purpose of darkness is to help
    Us see the radiance of light.
    I’m amazed at how God chooses timing which would not be ours. Eg why didn’t Paul just convert? Why did he kill people first.

  11. Jenny Horsley says:

    The purpose of darkness is to help

  12. Lindsey says:

    Anne S. – Yes!! I am right there with you in learning how to have patience for others in this journey. Jesus is teaching me to see things as they are, and it has been a process. For others, it may take longer, and I ought to practice the same patience with them as Jesus does. I demonstrate Jesus’ Light when I hold space and grace for others who are learning – even and especially those who outright against Jesus, as Saul was.

    I was convicted by the Pharisees’ treatment of the healed blind man, particularly in John 9:34. How often do I believe that I have nothing to learn from people I believe are “sinners”? Seeing their judgment of the healed man in light of the truth shook me. Am I not just as quick to believe that I know all the facts?

    This commentary from Charles Spurgeon on John 9 resonated with me: “It is ours, not to speculate, but to perform acts of mercy and love, according to the tenor of the gospel. Let us then be less inquisitive and more practical, less for cracking doctrinal nuts, and more for bringing forth the bread of life to the starving multitudes.”

  13. Alice Swearingen says:

    Jesus, open my eyes to You today.

  14. Lizzy Butterfield says:

    “I was one way and now I am completely different, and the only thing that happened in between was Him” – That’s a quote from The Chosen and oh my goodness, it had me in tears. Jesus changes everything!

  15. Jamie says:

    @Allie McCandless- I am praying for strength for both you and your boyfriend. I can empathize with how difficult it is to love someone who struggles with their mental health and the feelings of helplessness as you watch them suffer. I pray that Jesus will be light for both of you in the darkness, he certainly has been for us. <3

  16. Anne S says:

    As I was reflecting on the areas of my life where Jesus has opened my eyes, everything that came to mind boiled down to this: Jesus has opened my eyes to the uniqueness of each person’s circumstances and the idea that I should be trying to see his/her perspective. After all, Jesus saw everyone as individuals and looked past the surface to what was inside. May I have the patience to do the same!

  17. Amanda Tucker says:

    Thank you, Heavenly Father for the message in this study day, and it’s timeliness.

  18. Brandy Deruso says:

    Lord I thank you

  19. Laurie James says:

    Saying a prayer for you and your boyfriend tonight, @Allie McCandless.

  20. Allie McCandless says:

    I really needed to hear this today- specifically about the transformation Christ can have in our lives. I’m praying that for my boyfriend who is struggling mentally & is suicidal. It’s been so hard- especially today but I’m trying to have faith that Christ is my light & his light and He transforms lives. It’s all just so hard.

  21. free indeed says:

    saying a special prayer over you, “Follow Him”

  22. Kelly says:

    Follow Him – praying for your heart. Take courage Jesus is with you. HE is your Light!

  23. Elicia Trello says:

    2 things stood out to me today
    1. How God used Ananias to kick start Paul’s mission even when Ananias was skeptical of his plan. We have to be willing to say yes and be vessels to allow God to impact others.
    2. The blind man’s parents were more scared of man than they were of denying Jesus’ powers. They were willing to throw their own son under the bus instead of proclaim Jesus holiness

  24. Elicia Trello says:

    2 things stood out to me today
    1. How God used Ananias to kick start Paul’s mission even when Ananias was skeptical of his plan. We have to be willing to say yes and be vessels to allow God to impact others.

  25. Elicia Trello says:

    2 things stood out to me today

  26. Follow Him says:

    I’m tired. So tired. I’m losing light.

  27. Jennifer Anapol says:

    Chelsie Freeman, I am praying for you and your husband during this dark time.

  28. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I pray that with His love, kindness, joy and peace, I can shine His light to the world!

  29. Dorothy says:

    “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” That’s what I’m going to do. It’s amazing the meaning in children’s songs if you think about them. Simple but meaningful. WOW!!!
    Sisters, have a blessed day and let your light shine bright.

  30. Gwineth52 says:

    Dear Shes. This morning I didn’t need to look back to December 15 in my Advent 2020 Study Book for a message. I had only to remember how & when & where my sight faltered & failed miserably four years ago. Last night I took a deep & dark dive online to find information about a personal & public relationship from my past. And I was reminded it was only through the grace & generosity of God I escaped powerful & punitive & irreconcilable pain to other then & now important relationships. God has mercifully revealed there was never any “beauty, goodness & truth” in participating in what happened. Or the disobedience & denial I indulged searching the web in secret last night. I’ve been blinded by sin & selfishness. But God has seen & saved me anyway. God in His infinite wisdom looks through & into our misdeeds & missteps. Everything, high or low, we learn comes to light eventually. I had it coming. God covered me. I pray without ceasing, with all being, that God please lead me along right paths for His namesake. This probably doesn’t sound like a Christmas story, but it’s my Christmas memory…and miracle. As Angie said today, “When we are His, His Love is our Light.” Thanks be to God.

  31. Jenna Taylor says:

    His teachings were amazing and can’t wait to see we have in store. I’m so happy to be able to work every day to be more like him ❤️

  32. Victoria E says:

    Chelsie Freeman I am praying for you and your husband. Such great comments today (and every day). Pamela Randol thank you for sharing the excerpt from St. Augustine. Gloria, really powerful insight about seeing the light of God not only in dark times. Thank you for everyone who prayed for me yesterday, I absolutely felt a difference. For some reason craziness keeps happening in my life- I got a random call from my IVF doctor saying they were returning my call ( I haven’t called them since being discharged from their clinic at the end of my first trimester!!) it kind of shook me, but I wonder if maybe the enemy is trying to use this for that purpose. He has really been trying to steal my peace since he could not thwart this great gift God gave us. Thank you for your continued prayers

  33. PamC says:

    Kelly, thank you for asking about Fran’s surgery. I haven’t heard yet. I’m waiting impatiently.
    SarahJoy, you’re awake before dawn & I stay awake until the wee hours of the morning with the same kinds of thoughts, only no Christmas break here (no kids). The season just isn’t going as I’d hoped/planned.
    And Tina…But God,indeed, is how we see clearly. Thank you sweet Sister for your wisdom from across the pond. Sending back hugs & love.
    As a matter of fact, hugs & love to all y’all. Praying for all the requests (Elaine Morgan – strength for that dreaded task).

  34. PamC says:

    Chelsie Freeman, your prayer request was the 1st comment that came up when I scrolled down. Sending up prayers right now. This is on my heart for my husband & I this year too. It’s so easy to get lost in the busy, the “tired” from the day to day. I pray “you will be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, so that you may have great endurance & patience….” & know His joy is your strength.

  35. T B says:

    Thank you Heidi for the insight. Your words help me in a time of grief.

  36. Chelsie Freeman says:

    My husband and I are sitting in a season of fighting hard against darkness and finding joy in this season can just be so difficult. Clinging to the true Hope is hard work today. I’d love prayer for constant reminders of His goodness and the hope we have in Christ even in the midst of the dark moments.

  37. Ruth Long says:

    One of my favorite things in the winter months is opening my bedroom door in the morning and being almost blasted in the face with the yellow, bright light from our eastern-facing window. It is beautiful beyond anything I know. Sometimes, I squint my eyes as I walk towards the window, and imagine walking up to Jesus’s throne one day, all bathed and emanating golden light from himself, and how, SOMEHOW, he is even brighter than the morning sun. I take comfort that I will one day encounter radiant light so warm, pure, and unfiltered from him that this will look like a tiny moonbeam at midnight.

  38. Ruth Long says:

    Hey Hayley. Me too, and so do all the men in my family. It is so hard and I deeply resonate with that. It is the physical light and the light that is Jesus that gives us Hope on dark days.

  39. Deb says:

    Just heard the most beautiful song…”Let there be Light”
    By Point of Grace.

  40. Ashley White says:

    This really spoke to me. I’m loving the theme, light in the darkness. It’s such a great reminder to hold onto because this world can be so dark at times.

  41. Rachel says:

    “Both stories demonstrate that seeing things as they really are, when your life has known nothing but darkness, can only come about by the power of the living God.” Like CeeGee mentioned, I have read both of these stories many times, but never saw the similarities. Both men in darkness, both delivered from it for the glory of God. So many in my life are choosing to walk in darkness and it’s encouraging to me to remember that God is more than able to bring LIGHT (and I pray that my words and my walk are a help not a hindrance to His purposes). Side note: I’, 2 weeks out from surgery and am healing and recovering SO well. Ever-grateful for your prayers!

  42. Churchmouse says:

    It’s not always easy to see our trials and disappointments as opportunities to display our faithfulness and God’s grace. Even though we know Jesus we can feel overwhelmed by the challenges in this life. We know we are “children of the light” but, at times, the light seems very dim. We are human, after all. THIS is what I see as most valuable about being in Christian community, whatever that might look like. When my flame dims because of pressure and uncertainty, a fellow believer can share their light and rekindle mine. Many a church has a candlelight service. It’s a holy moment when one candle is lit and then shared until the entire congregation is bathed in pure light. To whom might I touch this Christmas season to share the Light of the world? Let light shine in our sanctuaries and let it go beyond as we exit. Truly, the church doors open to our mission field.

  43. Traci Gendron says:

    The purpose of darkness is to point us to the radiance of light. I believe God used Tanner’s illness to get my attention. It changed me. Tanner was a light. He never complained about Cystinosis. Other things maybe…lol But I couldn’t have learned what I did without going through his illness. It was a very hard road, but I’m thankful I paid attention. That Tanner going through all he did was not lost without saving us both. God got our attention. We are both stubborn and maybe this was what it was going to take for us to turn towards Him.
    ANGIE – thank you for pointing out the blind man and Saul’s obedience.
    I cannot remember who spoke about we don’t need to be in the dark to see the light. Help me look for Your light always God.

  44. Traci Gendron says:

    TINA Your words always speak to me. I’m thankful for them and you. ❤️

  45. CeeGee says:

    HEIDI, I intended to cite your post, not Kelly! Apologies to you both… I think I need more coffee!!!

  46. Skylar Hilton says:

    What a great reading to do in the morning!

    Jesus is the light of the world…. he is the light we run to when everything is a mess. This is why we shouldn’t worry about what our life will bring us, because we have a savior

    We love Jesus so much because He is clear and free of the biases we have. It didn’t matter if a person was black, Asian, or hispanic, He sat with all the races of the world, and preached to all of them. He saved Saul, and loved Him to the end. He doesn’t judge people like we do. So then… why do we?

    Another thing I want to point out is that… whatever happened to our childlike sense of wonder? Everyone wanted to question how the man got his eyesight back, and rejected the simple answer of “because of Jesus.” Now, I’m not saying that it’s bad to question things.. but when it comes to God, we need to have the faith of children. God doesn’t owe us an explanation… so instead of asking one, we should simply just believe. We need to restore that childlike sense of wonder in us

  47. Jeanette Armbrust says:

    “Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found was blind but now I see!”

  48. Rhonda J. says:

    There is one great thing to getting older, you can look back and see the great unfolding of your life, and your walk with/without Jesus. You can see where you were in darkness, and when Jesus was the light to put you right. Many of us have those instant moments where we broke and needed Him. Yet we can look at that broken road traveled where we wanted our own path, or His. Some of us are more hardheaded and blinded, my path for a long while was like when it was cool to “I wear my sunglasses as night,” remember that song? It’s cool, but not very practical….stumbling into sin after sin. I am so glad He didn’t abandon me, even when I came to my knees to Him, but still insisted on staying in sin. It doesn’t work that way, He wants to cleanse me clean, and walk on His path, to live in the light. Thank You Jesus, that now I see the light. Amen.

  49. Pamela Randol says:

    Yes! PTL thank you for being that out! Indeed we shall suffer for the sake of Christ!

  50. Michele Tully says:

    So good!

  51. CeeGee says:

    Apologies for the typos I missed in my previous comment! My eyes are tired so I skipped the proofread. :)

  52. CeeGee says:

    Thank ykr, Bailey, for the beautiful devotional and SRT for the selection of Scriptures. I am very familiar with both of these accounts, but have never read them coupled together. What this clarified for me – made it easier to remember- is that both men were God’s chosen instrument and in His perfect time. Neither man could see, but like Kelly said, they obediently responded/trusted, had FAITH in what they COULD NOT SEE – Jesus Christ!
    I was also struck by this and never caught it before: when Ananias went to Saul ( a task he wasn’t thrilled about, (we know about those don’t we ELAINE MORGAN??) Ananias called him ‘BROTHER’!!! powerful points to ponder all through this reading!
    TINA, I wear glasses too and they stay on my face because I couldn’t see very far without them, but the doctor got my last prescription wrong so as I read and comment on my Kindle, I sometimes see double or missed a letter or word. Very challenging! Maybe that’s the way life feels for those who know about Jesus but can’t quite be obedient. The y need clarity to make the right chkjce/choices.
    Praying along with each request!

  53. Gloria says:

    It hit me today reading the scriptures above that Paul testifies seeing the son of God as a intense light DURING MIDDAY. We usually see light more clearly when it’s dark, but Paul saw Him intently while it was completely light outside. Today, this speaks to me that we don’t need to wait for the hardships in life to see God. We can see Him clearly no matter what our circumstances. In other words, we don’t need to search for dark times to find Jesus. We just need to search for truth to find the Light. Our focus is Jesus Christ.

  54. Pamela Randol says:

    I was particularly moved when reading acts 26 Paul’s account of his conversion commission to king Agrippa. Did a word study on goad I think God when he leads me down the rabbit trails of his word! It is so rewarding and enlightening! God bless you all during this advent season!

  55. Pamela Randol says:

    I was trying to add Copyright information to my previous post and I accidentally sent it. Augustine’s confessions 7.7

  56. Pamela Randol says:

    But Thou, Lord, abidest for ever, yet not for ever art Thou angry with us; because Thou pitiest our dust and ashes, and it was pleasing in Thy sight to reform my deformities; and by inward goads didst Thou rouse me, that I should be ill at ease, until Thou wert manifested to my inward sight. Thus, by the secret hand of Thy medicining was my swelling abated, and the troubled and bedimmed eyesight of my mind, by the smarting anointings of healthful sorrows, was from day to day healed.

  57. Candy Dalton says:

    I’ve known Jesus since I was a little girl. He has always been there. But man, this last year has been dark…people I love who are desperately hurting. I am so thankful for Jesus and how He continues to shine light in dark places and that He is the only way, truth, and life. It is so easy to get lost in that darkness and get confused. But His light is always there, guiding me back. So thankful. ❤️ Take heart, dear ones. Keep running after that light. He’s always faithful and He is with you in the dark.

  58. hope says:

    Somehow I’ve always skipped past the testimony of the blind man. Most likely because it is always the miracle that is preached and I never bothered to dig deeper. However, the (formerly) blind man’s response and testimony is the most beautiful part of the story. I’m so grateful that we read this today.

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  60. Brooke P says:

    Praise God!

  61. Melissa James says:

    “…In this sense the purpose of darkness is to point us to the radiance of light..” I had never thought of it like that.

  62. Lisa says:

    Elaine, I have a task to do too. One I have desperately avoided for years yet know it is exactly what God wants for me. But I have been clinging to comfort. God has shown me the light counties times….I need to follow it.

  63. Debbie Tuohey says:

    Great reminder that Jesus is our light and we carry it in us everyday. Ladies, may you feel the light inside you today.

  64. Brandy Deruso says:

    Lord I thank you!

  65. Angela Greenwood says:

    Praying for God’s light to shine brightly in me and others.

  66. Taylor says:

    I am just like the blind man. I was blind but now I see! Lord shine your light into any dark places of my life so that they may be exposed and I can live fully as a person illuminated by YOUR light! <3

  67. Heidi says:

    Things with Jesus can get messy- I need to remember that. In the “blind man’s” conversion story, Jesus used spit and dirt to demonstrate a power he could have easily just THOUGHT into existence. He didn’t need to be even in the vicinity of this man to bring him sight. But he went to him – TWICE – personally. And it was messy… physically messy the first time (spit and dirt? Na, I’m ok…;)) and socially messy the 2nd time- kicked out of the synagogue. And from his parents response to the whole thing, they seemed pretty quick to leave their “of age” son to deal with his own stuff and leave them out of it.
    It’s just a reminder to me to recognize that sometimes, following through with what God has in my life is going to be messy. Ease and comfort are NOT indicative of His will/that I’m where I should be. Peace in all circumstances, joy in the midst of pain, comfort for the uncomfortable- THESE are indicative of His power flowing and existing in my life- which is confirmation that regardless of ease/“cleanliness” of my circumstances, God is in it. And I soooo want to be in what God is in…!!!!!!

  68. Leslie Warnick says:

    Amen Tina!! ❤️

  69. Aimee D-R says:

    Father God I pray Your light shines through me in the darkness and the blind can see it. In Jesus name, Amen

  70. Sarah D. says:

    Thankful that God has lifted the fog from our eyes to see and believe in Him! Who else is like you God? Praying that others who are blinded to his truth would have their eyes opened to his goodness and love. Have a wonderful Tuesday SRT fam!

  71. Terri says:

    Tina. Your openness reminded me of a type of blindness I see. The kind where you don’t look. I like to use the story of our driving up and down the section of I84 in Oregon frequently. One day someone asked us if we see the sheep! Between mile markers 115 and 129 you can see Dal sheep up on the hills. Now whenever we drive through there and visibility is okay-daylight- we almost always see at least one if not several Dal sheep on the hills on Oregon side. If you don’t know and aren’t willing to look you will not see the sheep! Ps 119:18 Open my eyes. Pray everyday when you open your eyes physically that God open your eyes spiritually to what He would have you see that day. Those you may not have noticed and need that Word He has given you.
    Tina I wear contacts! LOL

  72. Eva-Marie Hester says:

    Shes, as Paul prayed this prayer over the Colossian church ions ago, I’m praying it over us this morning. Take heart; we we’re qualified to share in the inheritance of the saints in light!
    9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. – Colossians 1:9-14

  73. Emily Walsh says:

    My 5 year old son is starting to ask a lot of questions about the Lord and what it means to follow Him. It’s so exciting to see the “darkness” start to fall away from his life as he is searching for answers about God. I know one day this too will be his testimony.

  74. Sasha Tripp says:

    This is so interesting- I also struggle with this and the lack of light makes such an impact on me. This is a very eye opening way to think about that

  75. SarahJoy says:

    @TINA – seeing clearly! That was the phrase I needed. Up before dawn tossing and turning with to do’s and haven’t done’s and what if it’s too late questions attacked me.
    BUT GOD…
    What is true?
    What is real?
    What is necessary?
    What is urgent?
    Look clearly and “don’t be anxious about anything but by prayer and petition bring your requests to God.” The verse came to me, but the sleep did not. I am asking God to help me see clearly and live trusting in HIS power, not mine, to navigate the next week until Christmas break.

  76. AG says:

    Praying for you @Elaine Morgan – God will be with you through this as He has brought you to it.

    I am thankful today and every day that God brought us the light of hope to keep us hopeful and safe from the darkness

  77. Hayley Hales says:

    What a beautiful message! I often struggle with seasonal depression. But reminding my self to focus on the different lights in this season and the TRUE example of LIGHT is so powerful! Wow- I need to hear this today! Thank you Jesus!

  78. Angie says:

    “Seeing the Light” is a choice. The blind man that was healed had to go to the pool of Siloam and wash the mud from his eyes and then open them. Saul had to go to Damascus and wait for the man God would send, then open his eyes and allow the scales to fall out. Both had acts of obedience in faith that showed a change in the vision of their heart. Not that either could have done it on their own-Light and Life, is a work only of the Creator, our God and King. (period) However, we do have a choice whether to accept/obey/trust when He asks us to wash the crustiness from our eyes and heart. Or like Saul/Paul to wait on His time and deliverance in faith. As we wait for the healing Light to come, He is with us. And, once our eyes are opened, He may send us out, never the same again, to draw others to the Light they see in us. Like the man healed from blindness at birth, there will be those who come against us and say it cannot be, and we may be put out. Like Paul shining for the Light of Jesus Christ may bring persecution. But God will not leave us alone or comfortless. Once we are His, His love is our Light.
    Father, I pray I will chose to open, wash, or wait, as You command and then open my eyes and follow the path You have planned for me. May others have eyes to see-not me, but You Lord, and be drawn in to You. Heal my heart and vision. Heal their hearts and vision, I pray in the powerful, almighty name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and King. Amen.

  79. SEARCHING says:

    The passage from Colossians really impacted me today – 1:9 … to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

    Thankful for His deliverance, forgiveness and Light, praying always for His wisdom.

    Praying for all affected by the tornadoes in Kentucky and other states. We have friends that lost family members who were there on vacation. Tragedy beyond comprehension.

    GWINETH52-thank you for sharing last year’s nuggets ❤️

    GROWING FAITH – praying for your sister

    KRISTEN – beautiful prayer

  80. Kelly says:

    PAM C – how did Fran’s surgery go?

  81. Elaine Morgan says:

    Help me to see, Lord! I needed this exact message today! Please be in prayer for me this week. I have a very difficult task to do and I don’t want to do it. But God has led me to this and so I must follow through. I have avoided it longer than I should have and now it has to be done. I know that “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me” no matter how hard it is to do. Thanks sisters! Much love ❤️

  82. Kelly says:

    “He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.”

    Thank You, Lord Jesus❣

  83. Arina says:

    I love how it says that Jesus seeks after the blind man when he is thrown out of the synagogue. Because he believes in Jesus, the Pharisees exclude him, basically removing him from society. But Jesus doesn’t leave him alone. He seeks after him, and when He finds the man, He teaches him more about Himself.

  84. Tina says:

    I oil my hair, because the African in me says I need to. I wear glasses and they can often be found on my head, because I know where they are for easy access.. to see things better! Therein lies my problem! There’s the joke.. I often can just about see generally, so lifting the glasses from my head and onto my eyes is probably a 20% improvement on without them! I certainly can read, but it’s the other stuff, you know, the tinnie tiniest of things, these are often not so clear.


    When the glasses are clean and there is no residue on them… O..M..G, the difference! 20% is now 100% and what an absolute difference!!!

    I can understand the guy in John 9:26, I was blind, now I see..

    I tell you this, why?

    I may not be in the darkness that this gentleman found himself, but I tell you, darkness is not always about blackness. Not seeing things clearly, not having the full picture, is a form of darkness. What is that saying… ‘kept in the dark..’ The full and perfect picture cannot be seen without clear and clean spectacles!

    How much more the Light of the world?

    What are we missing without Him?

    Why fumble/Bob along in darkness when we can have and see clearer with Him as our light?

    Hazy, ‘Rose tinted’ may be alright for a while…

    BUT GOD..

    Oh BUT GOD…

    Thank you Lord God, that with you and most importantly, in your Light, life, even in the harshest of time can be gentle, calm, clearer, safer, open, free, yes, even glorious!

    Thank you Lord God, Thank you!

    The song ” I can see clearly now” by jJonny Nash is playing in my mind!

    And to those who were thing get a necklace to hold your glasses… DONE!

    Blessings prayed over you all this beautiful day the Lord has made.. wrapped in warming hugs.❤

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