Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 1 John 2:7-11
Do you feel like you don’t know where you’re going? John focuses on the truth. If you love, you abide in light. If you hate, you walk in darkness. It’s what’s been taught since the beginning. John is also records in chapter 15 of his gospel (John 15) Jesus’ invitation to abide in him. He is the true light. He is the one who makes it possible for you to love when you think you can’t.
Ponder: Do you feel like you’re walking in the dark? That you don’t know where you’re going? There are times we have to wait for the darkness to pass. But there are also times to confess that we are not following the command to love our brother and sister.
Praise: The darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.
Artist: Susan Gordon, Triple Constellation
For the last three days of Lent, we also offer three short video presentations written and presented by David Conrad, conceived and produced by Jason Sears, and filmed and edited by Jason Sears, Will Guiliani and Natalie Valentine from Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church.
It was at Rivendell the hobbits think through the vocation they have been given, carefully working out the who and what and where of the odyssey that will be theirs. But integral to all that they were, and to all that they would need to be, was the table at Rivendell, a place for the best conversations and the best food and the best drink — simply said, a wonder of wonders." Steve Garber
The never-ending hope of Easter, Writer Andrew Shaughnessy shares reflections on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and why hope and beauty matter. "We hope because we know a day is coming when, to paraphrase Sam in The Lord of the Rings, “everything sad will come untrue,” when our Creator King will dry every tear and bind up the broken hearts and restore the sundered cities and turn the world upside down."