“When Trapped by Darkness”
Some weeks are like that, aren’t they? Tragic accidents, emotional challenges, betrayal, lost loved ones, confusion, illnesses, loneliness and despair bring darkness. Perhaps we, perhaps family, perhaps friends are threatened by darkness. Darkness that sucks us in, obscuring our sight, causing rationality and systems to shut down. There we are trapped by a heavy shroud that mockingly, as the raven quotes, “Nevermore.” Nevermore will there be hope in your life, nevermore will you have joy, nevermore will you have purpose and a reason to live.

How do we avoid the trap of darkness and serve as a lantern holder for those who see no way out? How do we address the lie of nevermore with truth of life? We look to the light of the world, to Jesus.

“…. Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” John 8:12. Through the Word we are instructed, encouraged and strengthened so we can say with the blind beggar after Jesus healed him, “One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” John 9:25. By God’s grace, darkness is erased. We are led out of the trap of darkness by His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9.

Question of the week: How often is it recorded in the Scriptures that Jesus prayed or gave a blessing? (7, 15 or 25 times)

Answer: Jesus prayed often. Twenty five times are recorded in the Gospels.

LifeCenter Update
Another busy week at the LifeCenter. More windows have been installed by our own crew. Soon the building will have temporary doors and we will be able to “lock up” the building in the evening. Large beams donated by Hughes Bros. for an exterior cross have been delivered by the Lucas Mohrman hauling company. The Center for Liturgical Arts from Concordia University sent a team that is helping with direction on the design and placement of the cross and signature. Our new address is 200 Fletcher Avenue.