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A Sanctuary

Entering a church in Klang, Malaysia, I was intrigued by the sign welcoming us into the building. It declared the place to be “A Sanctuary for the Heavy Laden.”

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The Power To Change

Educator and best-selling author Tony Wagner is a firm believer in “disruptive innovation” that changes the way the world thinks and works. In his book Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, he says, “Innovation occurs in every aspect of human endeavor,” and “most people can become more creative and innovative—given the right environment and opportunities.”

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The Lesson Of The Hula Hoop

One of my favorite childhood toys is making a comeback—the hula hoop. My friend Suzi and I spent hours on the front lawn perfecting our technique and competing to see which of us could keep a hoop circling our waist longer. This year I relived that part of my childhood. While sitting in a park, I watched as children of all ages and sizes tried their hardest to keep hula hoops from falling to the ground. They twisted and turned with all their strength, but despite their exertion the hoops landed on the ground. Then a young woman picked up a hoop. With hardly any motion, she moved it smoothly and rhythmically up and down from her waist to her shoulders and back to her waist. Her success depended on strategic movement, not vigorous motion.

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What Do You Expect?

In C. S. Lewis’ book God in the Dock, he wrote: “Imagine a set of people all living in the same building. Half of them think it is a hotel, the other half think it is a prison. Those who think it a hotel might regard it as quite intolerable, and those who thought it was a prison might decide that it was really surprisingly comfortable.” Lewis cleverly used this contrast between a hotel and a prison to illustrate how we view life based on our expectations. He says, “If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable; think of it as a place of training and correction and it’s not so bad.”

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Learn To Wait On God

Cha Sa-soon, a 69-year-old Korean woman, finally received her driving license after 3 years of trying to pass the written test. She wanted the license so she could take her grandchildren to the zoo.

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Fly The Flag

Queen Elizabeth II has reigned over the British Empire for more than 60 years. Her monarchy has been characterized by grace and class. She has diligently given her life to serve her people well, and as a result she is deeply loved and highly revered. So, you can understand the importance of the flag flying above Buckingham Palace. When the flag is flying, it means that she is in residence in the heart of London. The flag is a public statement that the queen is present with her people.

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A Faithful Helper

As a young boy, my father had to deliver slop to hungry pigs on the farm where he grew up. He hated this job because the hogs would knock him over when he entered their pen. This task might have been impossible except for a faithful helper who accompanied my dad—a German shepherd named Sugarbear. She would maneuver herself between my father and the pigs and hold them back until my dad finished his chore.

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Pink Sheep

While traveling on a road from Glasgow to Edinburgh, Scotland, I was enjoying the beautiful, pastoral countryside when a rather humorous sight captured my attention. There, on a small hilltop, was a rather large flock of pink sheep.

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Disposable Culture

More than ever, we live in a disposable culture. Think for a minute about some of the things that are made to be thrown away—razors, water bottles, lighters, paper plates, plastic eating utensils. Products are used, tossed, and then replaced.

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Filtered Light

The painting A Trail of Light by Colorado Springs artist Bob Simpich shows a grove of aspen trees with golden leaves lit by the autumn sun. The topmost leaves are brilliantly illuminated while the ground beneath the trees is a mixture of sunlight and shadows. The painter said of this contrast, “I can’t resist the light filtered through to the forest floor. It weaves a special magic.”

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29 thoughts on “Filtered Light

  1. jazzyphizzle1050 says:

    When times are difficult, filled with darkness, I can always see the light. Thank you for loving me, all of us, Jesus.

  2. guineafoot says:

    Lord, I thank you for shinning your light into my life and allowing me to let your light shine into others. Use me Lord, just the way you designed and intended, in Jesus name, Amen.

  3. TEbie says:

    I want to thank all for comments and David M. for the devotion. I would like to summarize my thoughts briefly with this in mind and hope it helps someone. The Apostle Paul makes it clear in today’s reading as well. Here’s what came to me; As a believer in Christ and still in our earthly bodies(humans), we still have choices to make. The hope in us/I to make right ones. Allowing the helper(Holy Spirit) lead and guide us. The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak(more susceptible to worldly desires). Taking up the cross and crucifying the old self and continuing to make Christ the ruler of all things. The consequences is a result of our making. Greater is He(Jesus, Holy Spirit) in us then he(devil) that is in the world. Victory in and through Christ a much better way. It leads to eternal life versus eternal death. To God be the glory, Amen!

  4. atolle says:

    God has shined in our. Life will any one see Jesus in me today. Thank you God for your light and in the shadow of your hands God bless every one today is my prayer. Elder Arvine Tolle

  5. neetavg says:

    Light shines the brightest when it is the darkest.

    And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (‭John‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬ NKJV)
    Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (‭John‬ ‭8‬:‭12‬ NKJV)

    “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

    Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭14, 16‬ NKJV)
    Have a Bright Day!

  6. sandy229 says:

    It is the hard times we go through when God increases our strength. Let others see you in me God and give me the strength I need to carry on.

  7. mruppert says:

    That oughta provide an ounce of encouragement to Pastor Siaad & that couple in Oregon who said no to that gay couple, esp. since those snakes will be eternally punished when their time comes.

  8. princessdee says:

    The light of God shows the glory/presence of God.If the light of God goes ahead of you in any situation, be rest assured that you will have victory in that situation.
    The light of God gives direction.It gave direction to the isrealites.
    “For a period of forty years the children of Israel journeyed in the presence of the Lord (Exo. 13:21-22; Num. 14:14). They had the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night. The Israelites did not journey according to their opinion, but simply followed the movement of the pillar. Actually, there were not two pillars, but just one. In the day the pillar was like a cloud and in the night it was like a fire”.

    The light/presence of God gives us rest, it gives us peace.(Exo 33:14 “And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest”).
    (Num 6:26 “The LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace”).
    I pray that we shall all experience the light of God in every situation we find ourselves,during dark and happy moments in Jesus’ name,amen.

  9. anoteingodschoir says:

    As it seems I have so many fears in my mind, I must remember that God does this so my faith in Him will be increased. Thank you Father for loving me.

    Jesus bids us shine with a clear, pure light,
    Like a little candle burning in the night;
    In this world of darkness, we must shine,
    You in your small corner, and I in mine.

    Jesus bids us shine, first of all for Him;
    Well He sees and knows it if our light is dim;
    He looks down from heaven, sees us shine,
    You in your small corner, and I in mine.

    Jesus bids us shine, then, for all around,
    Many kinds of darkness in this world abound:
    Sin, and want, and sorrow—we must shine,
    You in your small corner, and I in mine.♫

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