S (Scripture): John 3:16 God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life. 17 God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him isn’t judged; whoever doesn’t believe in him is already judged, because they don’t believe in the name of God’s only Son.
19 “This is the basis for judgment: The light came into the world, and people loved darkness more than the light, for their actions are evil. 20 All who do wicked things hate the light and don’t come to the light for fear that their actions will be exposed to the light. 21 Whoever does the truth comes to the light so that it can be seen that their actions were done in God.”
O (Observation): Jesus converses with a Pharisee who wants so badly to believe. But the stumbling blocks keep getting in the way. Jesus encourages him to let the light shine on all we say and do. In that, we will the encounter the death of our old self, and experience a new beginning.
A (Application): Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that. ”
On Sunday, October 28, 2018, Reformation Sunday for my tribe of Lutherans, the community of Murfreesboro will gather on the square for a commemoration of the day – one year ago – when our community lifted up love rather than hate. We displayed this unity on a day known as Murfreesboro Loves.
May we be born anew. May we see hope in the midst of despair, patience in the face of evil. God, sustain me; sustain us.
P (Prayer): Lord, give us your light always. Amen.