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Topic: Light and Dark (05/21/09)
TITLE: Increasing in Illumination
By Rachel Rudd
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“Oh, hello Laura.” Sarah stepped closer. “Do you want to come over for some fresh strawberries?”
“Sounds lovely. I’ll be over in a jiffy .”
Laura disappeared inside her house as Sarah grabbed her garden gloves and kneeling bench. “Use me, Lord. Help her to find out who you are,” Sarah prayed.
A few minutes later Sarah opened the door to welcome Laura.“Come on through to the sunlit terrace.”
“Oh, I love the springtime. Just think, it’s 8 o’clock and we have two more hours of daylight left!”
“Yes, what has your family planned for Saint Hans’ night?”
“Jacob normally comes from Copenhagen and we go to the beach to make a bonfire. I like to make the most of one of the shortest nights of the year. What about you?” Sarah questioned.
“The boys want to be with their friends. They don’t hang out with us anymore, so I guess we’ll just go up the hill and join the crowd around the fire.”
“Yeah, I’ve seen loads of people up there.” Sarah poured milk into her tea and cleared her throat. “I’m glad you came by tonight. I want to ask you about the program you’ve been going to at our church.”
“Oh, you mean the Alpha course?” Laura nibbled at the dark chocolate Sarah had set out. “I don’t know if I buy the whole “Jesus” thing. It seems a bit much. There are too many claims about Him. He is supposed to be everything from “bread” to “light” and I just don’t see how that makes any sense.”
Sarah sighed and bit into a juicy strawberry. “What is the most difficult part to accept?”
“The part about Him being everything I need. I am fine without him. I have missed my family in England a lot, especially when I didn’t have my fellow English neighbor.” Sarah smiled and Laura continued, “But I have my family here, a good job and a nice house. I don’t need much of anything else, except maybe a vacation.”
“Why did you decide to take the course?”
“Oh, I was curious. I do think about what will happen to me when I die and I just wanted to see if the church had any answers.”
Sarah peered out over her blossoming garden, closed her eyes and looked at the sun. The warm rays caressed her face with its tender strokes. “Laura, do you need sunshine?”
“That’s an odd question.”
“I know, but just humor me a bit. Do you need sunshine? Could you live without its light? Think about the dark days of December when we can barely wear a smile. Do you need sunshine?”
Laura laughed. “Of course. I need the Vitamin D for my body to function properly. All the doctors say that.” She picked up the last piece of chocolate. “I need chocolate, too. Lots of it.”
Sarah chuckled. “Could you imagine living without chocolate or sunshine?”
“I guess that would be winter depression every day of the year.”
“Exactly. That to me is life without Jesus. Misery every day of the year.”
Laura smiled sympathetically, “I know that you feel that way, and I believe God is real. I’ve felt his presence when I’ve watched the sun go down over the fjord. It was so beautiful that I couldn’t help but feel him.”
Sarah nodded her head. “I remember when I used to stand next to the Atlantic Ocean as a child and hear the waves break over the sand. I knew that Someone had made all of that and I wanted to know who He was.”
“I’m sorry to cut you short, Sarah, but Marcus wants me to help him with some computer stuff tonight.” Laura pushed back her chair and stood up. “Thanks for the coffee and the chat. I’ll keep in mind what you said. Maybe one day I might find a use for this Jesus of yours.”
Sarah gave Laura a hug and walked her to the front of the house. “I hope you don’t mind me talking about what I believe. It’s very important to me.”
“It’s fine. It’s actually remarkable to see your face light up when you talk about God.” Laura grinned and walked away.
“I hope you find out why one day soon.” Sarah whispered in her heart.
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