Reading: Ephesians 5: 8-14
For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Ephesians 5: 8-9
Reflection: Ask my children, James and Rachel, and they will tell you about how dark it was one night walking from the Evergreen Center down to our cabin without a flashlight. It was dark. Pitch black dark. "We couldn't even see our hands in front of our faces" dark. The evening of Family Camp games was great fun but I wished I had remembered to bring a flashlight to guide ourselves safely back to Maple 6. Feeling our way with our feet to remain on paved road until we came toward lights down in the village, we held each others' hands. Fear, however, did not settle in. This was camp of course. We were safe.
Still, darkness can hide a lot. So Paul tells the Ephesians to live as children of the light. Find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Expose the unfruitful works of darkness. (5: 10-11) How comforting to know the Holy Spirit shines into our shadows of uncertainty. How encouraging to know the light of Christ makes our paths sure. May God’s light fill our lives and our world. --Ruth Gates, "frequent" Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
Closing: Listen to the hymn, I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light and quietly pray
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