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July 13, 2020 Devotion:  Scripture John 1:1-5 and Song “When Morning Gilds the Skies”

The world around us seems so messed up.  Covid-19 continues to dominate how we live our lives.  Thee are so many protests and racial issues to deal with and we just don’t know who is right.  It’s only 4 months until the next Presidential election and we don’t seem to have a candidate that stands out as being able to guide us through all of this.  If we let ourselves get bogged down in all of this, then it seems like the darkness is winning.  The hymn for today, “When Morning Gilds the Skies,” points us to the way out.  The refrain is “May Jesus Christ be praised.”  And Jesus certainly is the way out.  He was with the Father when the world was created and he came to earth as the “Word” to rescue us from sin, certainly the cause of all these stressful things we are doing with right now.  In his Gospel John sets us up for the revealing of Jesus as our Savior by reminding us of the reasons why Jesus is to be praised.  He is the “Word” as John 1:1 says, who was in the beginning with the Father at creation.  He is the life that comes to light the darkness of sin as verses 4 and 5 points, “the light that, shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”  Our world certainly is the darkness that does not understand the light, Jesus.  As Christians, we share Jesus, the light, so that the Holy Spirit might use our testimony to work light in the hearts of those in darkness.  As verse 2 of the hymn the darkness fears the chant, “May Jesus Christ be praised but as verse 3 says, believing in him leads to eternal life, where Covid-19 and racism and bad politics and every other problem will be gone.  Listen to the hymn and “May Jesus Christ be praised” in your lives so that the darkness can be overcome.  The victory is already ours in Jesus.

URL for Song:  "When Morning Gilds the Skies"

 

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