Candle in Darkness, ©Zion Lutheran Church
“Sometimes at that moment a wave of light breaks into our darkness,
and it is as though a voice were saying: ”You are accepted.
You are accepted. accepted by that which is greater than you,
and the name of which you do not know.
Do not ask for the name now: pemaps you will find it later.
Do not try to do anything now: pemaps later you will do much.
Do not seek for anything: do not perform anything: do not intend anything.
Simply accept the fact that you are accepted!
If that happens to us. we experience grace.” (Paul Tillich. 1948)
John 3: 14-21 (NRSV)
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.’
O God, who in Jesus has shown us the fulness of humanity
and the possibility of living beyond all bounds
Grant to us thankful hearts overflowing with love for you.
In all things give thanks.
In all things we wait with expectation.
In all things hope.
In all things love.
In all things, in everything – thanks.