Friday, March 24, 2017
By Isai Thomas-Cazares
Light brings every kind of goodness, right living, and truth. Ephesians 5:9 [ICB]
Word of Hope
Stepping into the Light
“Step into the light, Carol Ann!” Zelda Rubinstein, a 4-foot-3-inch character actress was most known for her role as the invincible psychic and original ghost buster in the Poltergeist. She has since passed into her own light since 2010 at the age of 76.
Ephesians 5: 1-9 speaks to a time when the Church at Ephesus was being beleaguered with perplexing choices. Choices that sounded like the right ones, decadence was being justified, and the new Judeo-Christian faith was being challenged once again to find it’s own true voice amidst the chaotic and extraordinary abundance of cultural variety and experiences.
The message was simple. Jesus Christ was God’s ultimate sensual and spiritual sacrifice to deter us from sin, evil, greed, destructive talk, false gods and truths, and reminded us that God’s anger will answer such actions. The International Children’s Bible makes it so simple and clear. If we live in the light and truth of God’s ultimate gift we are good to go! It is, however, an active relationship and not a passive one; not a verbal one, but an action filled relationship.
Light brings every kind of goodness, right living, and truth. Ephesians 5:9 [ICB] It’s part of the reason Zelda Rubinstein’s character still resonates with me. It wasn’t her words that made it all work out in the end. It was the action of the person stepping into the light that brought them back to their family. Stepping into the light of goodness, living, and truth are active testimonies that God’s gift of Jesus Christ truly is transformative and enough to save us.
Today is World Tuberculosis Day; let us raise awareness and efforts to eliminate the disease.
God, may each of us live out your light, truth, life, caring and compassion of others. Help us be present in love with others. Thank you for Dr. Robert Koch and his discovery in the 1880s about TB.