Posted by: Pastor Bob Sugden | March 12, 2012

I’m squinting! The sun is so bright today!!!

This has been an interesting winter. We’ve had deeply cold temps. We’ve had more snow this year than in any of the previous years of my tenure. It has been a long, cold, dark winter! But, today, the sun is shining brightly. I can feel its heat penetrating the window and through the sleeve of my shirt. It’s a good day!

It’s interesting how light/warmth and darkness/cold affect me. I like sitting in a brightly lit area. I like soaking in the warmth of the sun. On the other hand, I hate dark, cold places. In bright light and warm temps, I’m “up”. Put me in a cold, dark place and I get depressed. I don’t think I’m weird. As a matter of fact, in this regard, I think I’m right if the middle of ‘normal’.

As I reflect on all of this, I am reminded of Jesus’ teaching in Luke 11:34-36–“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is filled with darkness. Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” One of the commentaries I use regularly says, “When a person’s eyes (like lamps) react properly to light, she can function normally. Being receptive to Jesus’ teachings would show that they were full of light (vv. 34 , 36 ) and were benefiting from His teachings.”

Father, today, may I respond correctly to the Truth in Your Word. As I reflect on the Truth may it permeate my whole being in such a way that all darkness is dispelled. May I begin to glow with your holiness. May my light so shine that people around me see it and glorify You!

Soli Gloria Deo!



  1. What a timely “Alaskan” statement!
    Have a great trip and come back safely!
    Wendy B.


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