While Waiting for the Light, Be the Light by Guest Author

Zanny Johnson

While Waiting for the Light, Be the Light

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Please receive this reflection and prayer from my colleague Zanny Johnson.

 “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

“In this season of Epiphany and growing light when the days are again getting longer (ever so slowly), we are reminded of the warming and renewing light of Christ. The above psalm was the verse I memorized and recited on my confirmation day in 1980 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna, Minnesota, as stained glass streamed light onto the white marble steps upon which my friends and I stood. I have leaned on this verse’s promise in so many times of darkness, and am reminded of it now, deep into this pandemic, tired and weary and waiting for the light.

As you walk through this Epiphany season, be mindful of the light. Look for the light…the many qualities and hues and shadows. Be reminded of the light of Christ when you flip on the light switch as you walk into a room, as you strike a match and light a candle. Send light to one another as a form of prayer, bathing each other in Holy and mysterious light, lending luminosity and sharing the shining light of Christ.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.

You are the light of the world.

Let your light so shine that others may see and glorify God.”

Spiritual practice —breath prayer

Breathe in: The Lord is my light and my salvation

Breath out, slowly: whom shall I fear?

Breathe in: The Lord is the stronghold of my life

Breath out, slowly: of whom shall I be afraid?

Please reach out to Zanny Johnson at her website at: www.trueplacespiritualdirection.com


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