March 20, 2009

MARCH 20 – EXPOSURE TO LIGHT

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By Grace Eidmann, a senior theater major from Antioch, Ill.
SCRIPTURE: John 3:14-21 (NRSV)Scroll down for complete Scripture.

DEVOTIONAL: Today marks the first day of spring, the season of rebirth. During spring, the Earth’s axis is tilted toward the sun and daylight gradually lengthens. This begins the winter thaw, causing the earth to warm and new life to emerge.

It has been a long, cold, dark winter in Goshen, and I find myself earnestly craving the sunshine of spring. There is a stark contrast between the way I feel on days that are sun-lit and how I feel when the sky is overcast. Exposure to light restores us, renews us and replenishes us. It nourishes our body by infusing us with vitamin D.

In the same way that visceral light energizes us, God’s revealing light illuminates the hope and grace we have been so abundantly given. We have a fantastic opportunity: to quit clinging to our doubts, criticisms and fears, and fully submit to the possibility of change and rebirth in our lives through God.

Ancient Indian sages wrote that light is the “essence of the universe.” In response to this idea, 20th century spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy wrote that:

“Light is Love revealed.
 Light is Life manifested.
 Light is God fulfilled.”

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SCRIPTURE: John 3:14-21 (NRSV)

And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.’

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Comments (8)

  1. You are well named Grace. THanks for inspiring my day.

    Pam Harrison March 20, 2009 |
  2. Thank you. These are profound thoughts. Indeed light is the essence of the universe ( and maybe soil too? ) tho so far we have not discovered life in light and soil’s essence, I believe that will happen….. maybe not in my lifetime.

    Ann March 20, 2009 |
  3. Grace…
    I have so enjoyed the devotions provided by faculty, staff and students at Goshen. Your contribution today especially touched my heart. God’s blessings to you from Alabama!
    DeeDee

    DeeDee Barnes Bruns March 20, 2009 |
  4. Awesome reflection with seasonal change and our light to the world as people of God……peace

    Trent March 20, 2009 |
  5. What beautiful and encouraging word for this season of the year! Thank you for letting your light shine in the darkness, Grace.

    “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp-stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

    Pam March 20, 2009 |
  6. I was struck by this line “We have a fantastic opportunity: to quit clinging to our doubts, criticisms and fears, and fully submit to the possibility of change and rebirth in our lives through God.” May we all stop clinging and surrender to God.

    In response to Ann’s comment “tho so far we have not discovered life in light and soil’s essence, I believe that will happen.”

    What is the essence of light?
    What is the essence of soil?
    Modern Biology already knows soil and light are life giving.
    I think such a discovery would be impossible because ultimately the essence of Life is God, who is beyond the natural world.

    Luke Tia March 21, 2009 |
  7. Thank you Grace for taking time out from
    your busy schedule to inspire me today. Mary Mishler

    Mary K. Mishler March 21, 2009 |
  8. Garce it is so nice to have you pop up on my computer. :)
    The first day of spring is so anticipated at our house. It brings renewed energy and hope. I am a creature of light and so your references to being nourished by the light is so appropriate. The light of Jesus is nourishment to the weary soul.
    Thanks for sharing Grace!

    Lisa Yoder March 21, 2009 |