COLLECT OF THE WEEK
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. - Book of Common Prayer, p. 218
In today’s reading from John 8, Jesus declares: “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” But the Pharisees reject Him. Again. It is a Light on offer, but which must be received.
In our everyday lives, we all face challenges and even tragedies. In those times, coping can seem difficult, if not impossible. These are the days that seem the darkest, but they are also the days when our belief in Christ’s love and mercy can offer us hope that we will overcome these challenges. If we come to Christ in prayer during these times, He will mercifully shine the light of life before us so that we can, with His love in our hearts, emerge from the darkness.
The next time you face a challenge that seems too large to handle, bring it to Christ in prayer and asking that you, too, may receive the light of life that Jesus offers.