April 22

1 John 1:1-7

“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.” vs. 5

Some of those who have experienced what are sometimes called “near death experiences” report having had a sense of being drawn to a light, and that it gave them a great feeling of peace. Skeptics, upon hearing those stories, dismiss them quickly, saying that this is just what happens when our brains start shutting down. Others are not so sure! Our faith ancestors have uniformly attested to the significance of light, and have connected it to the presence of God, both in creation and in the life of Jesus. There is no doubt that light is a mysterious force having a primal presence in the universe. It was present in the beginning and is the source of life for all that is. Humans, from ancient times, have known the significance of light and have taken pains to mark its coming and going, with some choosing to worship the sun as a god. While such worship now is primarily limited to those who like to work on their tans, we do continue to link light with goodness and the promise of new life in the face of death. And those of us who have struggled to make sense of this world and its decaying forms can find comfort in the knowledge that one day even we will see the Light! And it will be a glorious day indeed!

Thought for the Day: How do I feel about near death experiences?

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