I have been house-hunting here in Colorado with our daughter, Kyrie, and son-in-law, Jake. Well, our six-month-old grandson Lewis also tags along! Having moved from Oregon over Thanksgiving week, they have begun the challenging task of finding a home that is a good fit for their family at an affordable price.
One of the important criteria for the home they will choose (among many things) is the element of light—both natural and spiritual. Some houses are darker than others, in both senses. We’ve walked into some and known immediately the lack of light would not be conducive to the atmosphere they desire in their home.
It matters from the beginning of time when God created light out of darkness, throughout the pages of Scripture, to the future promise in Revelation 21:23, “And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.”
The Apostle John especially valued the picture of light. The word is generously sprinkled throughout his gospel and first epistle—twenty-one times—with most of the references about Jesus as the light.
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” John 8:12
Because you and I have received the precious gift of the light and love of Jesus, we have the amazing privilege of walking in this light with God and with others. As 1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
We are called to take the light of Jesus into this dark and broken world. “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16–17
Cadence exists to bring the light of Jesus to the people of military communities across the U.S. and around the world.
Thank you for partnering with our staff through your prayers and finances so that this may be true: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2
Let us all press on with this mission in our families, neighborhoods, and communities.
Until the Lamb is the light and lamp for all,