March 22, 2020

I Am the Light of the World

As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.
John 9:5

Eternal God, who hast been the hope and joy of many generations, and who in all ages hast given men [sic] the power to see thee, and in seeking to find thee: Grant me, I pray thee, a clearer vision of thy truth, a greater faith in thy power, and a more confident assurance of thy love.
  • When the way seems dark before me, give me grace to walk trustingly.
  • When much is obscure to me, let me be all the more faithful to the little that I can clearly see.
  • When the distant scene is clouded, let me rejoice that at least the next step is plain.
  • When what thou art is most hidden from my eyes, let me still hold fast to what thou dost command.
  • When insight falters, let obedience stand firm.
  • What I lack in faith, let me repay in love.
 O infinite God, the brightness of whose face is often shrouded from my mortal gaze: I thank thee that thou didst send thy Son Jesus Christ to be a light in a dark world. O Christ, thou Light of light, I thank thee that in thy most holy life, thou didst pierce the eternal mystery as with a great shaft of heavenly light, so that in seeing thee, we see him whom no man [sic] hath seen at any time.

And if I still cannot find thee, O God, then let me search my heart and let me know whether it is not rather I who am blind than thou who art obscure, and I who am fleeing from thee rather than thou from me. And let me now confess my sins before thee and seek my pardon in Jesus Christ my Lord...
  John Baillie, A Diary of Private Prayer, 27th Day: Evening

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An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, I've served congregations in the Colombia, Puerto Rico, Europe & the US. I received a B.A. in German from the University of Louisville and learned Spanish in Bogotá. My Master of Divinity degree is from Drew University in New Jersey. I will begin my tenure as settled pastor of Pilgrim Christian Church—with dual affiliation in the UCC and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)—in late March 2019. This is my personal blog, and the opinions found herein are my own and may not reflect the views of the church I am serving.

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