The illumination that comes from a light's source is important. We are dependent on these sources; we could not see without them. But illumination that comes from reflected light is also important.

If we are aware of it at all, we hardly notice the difference between one or the other, but we are, actually, dependent on both kinds of light.

The light of the world, we sing, is Jesus. But those of us who follow him also reflect his light. The world is illuminated by each - the source and its reflection.

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Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.

Luke 9:28-31

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Well, just when you think you know somebody…

The disciples had already spent the greater part of Jesus’ ministry at his side, and were even sent by Jesus to heal and teach in his name. And then, just a week earlier, Peter had declared Jesus as the messiah – THE chosen one! These were Jesus’ closest friends, but when Jesus was transformed from a peasant rabbi into the radiant glory of God even they were speechless!

From time to time, we may find ourselves comfortable – maybe a little too comfortable – in our faith. This doesn’t make us bad people, but it can make us feel a little stale. In these days before Lent, consider your friendships and habits, your everyday life. Where could you use some light?

Daniel Ingram

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Radiant God, shine your extraordinary light on my ordinary days so that my whole life can be a reflection of your love. Amen.

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But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

1 John 1:7

Daniel Ingram

Daniel Ingram coordinates special projects (like d365!) with Passport, Inc. Daniel has served as a minister among youth and college students. He enjoys running, cooking, music, and teaching middle school Sunday School. Daniel, his wife, Marnie, and five-year-old daughter, Mollie, live in Birmingham, Alabama.

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