April 15

Isaiah 42:1-9

“Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it:” vs. 5

The prophet knew that the Creator of the Universe had given spirit to every breathing person on the planet. That spirit is our God connection and is humanity’s common inheritance. It doesn’t just belong to Christians, Jews, Buddhists, or Muslims…it belongs to us all. Of course many people of all races and creeds live as though they have no relationship to God. Some are caught up in the desires of the flesh and even deny that God exists. Those who do have a spirit consciousness have a special calling. As the prophet puts it, they have been given as “a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.” It’s no accident that this sounds very much like the mission that dominated the ministry of Jesus. In him, and in us, the spirit of God has been enfleshed and through us light shines. The world would like us to believe that all is darkness and terror. That’s just not true! The light is shining brightly in every land…and if we open our eyes we’ll see it!

Thought for the Day: Where is the light shining in my neighborhood?

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