Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Summer's Comin'

Today, as usual, we walked along the streets of our city in preparation for an upcoming hike.  The weather was not unpleasant, but the longer we walked, the higher the sun was in the sky and the warmer it got.  It reminded us both that summer's coming.  It won't be long until I will add ice to my water reservoir in an attempt to stay cool.  A cold towel will help with that as well.

Often in the summer when we walk we will discuss the heat and we mention the fact that if it were 30° outside during the summer we would really be concerned.  For it to be 80°, 90° or even 100° at our latitude and longitude is completely normal during the summer.

By the same token, as Christians, we should not be surprised when the world does not accept the message we have to share, or when it hurls insults and threats against us.  We should not be surprised when evil flourishes, but the world attempts to extinguish good.  Our Lord told us it would be so:

"He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than Light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the Light, neither cometh to the Light, lest his deeds should be reproved."  John 3:18-20

As those who have the living Light of the World residing in us, that Light will always expose the evil of the darkness. Evil always tries to present itself as a false light, a false truth.  Let us not be afraid of letting the True Light within us shine for all to see.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
 Matthew 5:16

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