Tuesday, 5 August 2008

So necessary

"If we are in the light, as He is in the light, then we have true fellowship with each other".
The first Epistle of John.

How has the summer been where you are?
Have you had plenty of days where you have got out and about, enjoying the blues, the greens, the sounds and the 'vibe' that is meant to characterize this time of year?
Well, those of us here in the UK can tell you that this year - like last year - we can count the number of such days in 2008 on one hand. Every day, the forecast has been virtually the same for months -
gray, cloudy, windy and very wet, with very little sign of change. The results are pretty miserable.
I was doing a review of my recent work over the weekend, and realized that nearly 90% of my photography this year has had to be done indoors, all due to the weather.

When you have lived under such a blanket of gray for that long, it's amazing to see what occurs when the sun finally does come out...people quite literally change!
Faces are filled with smiles, beaches and parks become filled with joyful sounds, everyone feels so much better. We are born to be children of the light.

This reality is most certainly a reflection of our spiritual need.
There is a 'light' of truth, which, when it radiates our souls, means that we escape the misery of a world without warmth and vitality. The light we all need is this:

"Now, the righteousness of God is revealed, apart from the slavery of the law,
although the law and the prophets testify of this truth...
that the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ is come to all who believe.
We have all sinned and fallen short of God's meaning and significance,
but we can be declared not guilty because of this gift, because Jesus Christ has redeemed us.
God gave Him to bring about this reconciliation through the shedding of His blood - thus, this gift can be received by faith". (Romans 3:21-25).

Today,we can walk out from the gray and the misery into this unbroken sunlight - peace with God, joy in life and fellowship with each other.
That should make us genuinely healthy people...


Steve said...


You are so right (again!). The gift of Christ for us, is the only thing that can make us healthy again. He truly is the Light that we need.

"But men loved the darkness."

He knows we love the darkness of our own sin and yet He has decided to give us the light apart fom our own desire to snuff it out.

What a God!

May your days always be filled with His authentic Light.

- Steve

PS-It's hard for me to remember the last time it rained here. I would be happy to trade you some sunshine for some rain.

Brigitte said...

Oh, boy, I'm sorry about your weather. It makes one so grateful for the bright days, as you say.

Here, it is amazing to see some green after months and months of white. And then the summer can be dry, and so it's still not green.

Howard said...

Thanks for the comment, Brigtte.
It is getting somewhat frustrating!
Yesterday (9th) brought 17 hours of rain, and with lots more expected for this week, I'm just hoping there'll be enough of a break on Wednesday for the outdoor wedding I'm photographing to take place.
Glad to hear the sun is shining somewhere... :)