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Topic: light (05/24/04)

TITLE: Wake up.
By Mark Bonner


I don't know about you, but I love that half-light just before sunset when things take on a richness of reds and oranges and dark, dark shadows; places where lovers can sit and just be while the world around them sinks into whatever it is that it sinks into. I don't know if you love that time, but I do know that God does not. He tells us clearly to let our light so shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify our father who is in heaven. He says that we, as men, hate the light and prefer darkness. He tells us not to hide our light under a bushel but to blaze like a lighthouse on a hilltop, giving light to the whole house.

I also love the dawn, the whole awakening thing with birds and dew and chill. God loves this time; it is in line with His will: waking up to gaze at the awesome son, oops, that should be sun, oops, no it shouldn't be. The son of God has come to us and we watch Him, like the sun, rise and fall in us. We love to see him come anew and fill all things like the light from the sun filling the sky, but, if we are honest, we also like to see him fall. Oh we don't call it that, we are Christians and we always want what God wants, but we love the "freedom" and "liberty" that the gospel brings to us, and, if that means that our faith hiccups along the way, well, what's a hiccup? We are only investigating, not entering into a pact with the devil. And the light that is in us, dims a little. And we move just a little further away from the source of the light where we feel uncomfortable. And the son goes down and there is richness (in sin) and heaviness (of spirit) and darkness in the world.

Wake up! While it is still day, wake up. Clothe ourselves with light. Recognise the passion that sent Jesus into the depths of our darkness to shine his light into our lives. Wake up.

Member Comments
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Annette Agnello06/01/04
Nice observations of nature, in the sunset and the birds.
L.M. Lee06/02/04
good reminders to be full of pure holy light
Melanie Kerr 06/02/04
“Faith hiccups” make me think of very minor stuff, that is not as deliberate as you would have it, something that has very little effect, just a part of the learning curve. Hiccups just happen, they are not something you choose to do.
Dave Wagner06/03/04
I liked how you adressed the tendency to compromise. I think it will continue until we see the necessity of uncompromising devotion. I don't know what it will take to convince us that we shouldn't even entertain the thought of rebellion and sin, but watered down doctrine from pastors that we know and trust and love certainly doesn't help.

I guess deep down inside, we feel it will all come out in the wash. Eventually, Jesus will make us clean and white as snow, so what's a little sin now and then? The Bible speaks strongly against that type of attitude, and yet we still hold to it, again, encouraged by well-meaning preachers that say we are saved by grace alone through faith alone.

What a chocolate mess.

In any case, I enjoyed the structure and presentation of your piece, though I'm not sure I agree that God loves the dawn and dislikes sunsets. Kind of a whacky statement.
Gary Sims06/03/04
Mark - I like your closing paragraph. It strikes a chord of urgency that we rarely feel. I can just hear the prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah shouting these words.
Lynne Gaunt06/04/04
Good title - and thank you for reminding me that when I toy with temptation I am diminishing Jesus' light within me - for all to see. I needed that reminder.
B Price06/04/04
you worked the title in nicely to the story.
Enjoyed this..