> Daily Devotions by Ron Newhouse
by RON NEWHOUSE
July 6, 2012
Those who lived in the land of deep darkness on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy. (Isaiah 9:2-3 NRSV)
od does bring light into our often dark world. God has come to us to bring us joy and happiness in our relationship with God. We have all probably experienced the special joy and happiness of talking with a family member or friend we haven't seen for a long time. The same thing happened when God brought the light of Jesus Christ into the world. There was great joy over the reestablishment between us and God.
I remember a story of two men that had met after not seeing each other for some 25 years. It was obvious that their financial situations were different. The first man had married into a wealthy family. The other man was of modest income, but he had a wonderful and happy family.
They soon found themselves without anything to talk about. The wealthy man said, "Isn't this last minute shopping awful?" The second man said, "It's not too bad. I'm just here to get some wrapping paper. My wife and I finished our shopping back in October."
The wealthy man who attended a lot of social events said, "It sounds like you are well organized, but tell me... how in the world do you know in October who your friends will be in December?"
If we don't know in October who our friends will be in December, then I think we need to experience Christ's light. Knowing who our true friends are seems to me to be the way of the cross. And there is one friend we can always count on--Jesus Christ.
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