I Can See Clearly Now

January 18, 2017

Scripture Reading: Psalm 27:1, 4-9

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
   whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
   of whom shall I be afraid? –Psalm 27:1

We dealt with a lot of darkness in our lectionary readings so far, this week. There is a lot of darkness with which we must deal. The good news is that the light of Christ is always with us if we connect to it. An old 70’s era song runs through my mind which describes that moment in relationship with Christ when our hope in wholeness comes to fruition:

I can see clearly now, the rain has gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun-shining day
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun-shining day 

I think I can make it now, the pain has gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is that rainbow I’ve been praying for
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun-shining day*

I know nothing of Johnny Nash’s life story, but he clearly had an encounter with hope at some point. We need to encounter hope in all that we do. We need to share the hope that is in and through Jesus Christ with all those we encounter.

Prayer: Let your light shine for us and through us in all our lives’ journeys. Amen.

From I Can See Clearly Now written by Johnny Nash see at http://lyrics.wikia.com/wiki/Johnny_Nash:I_Can_See_Clearly_Now

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