Daily Devotion – November 30, 2013

Luke 1:78-79

By the tender mercy of our God,

   the dawn from on high will break upon us, 

to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,

   to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Reflection by Monty Wyne

The whole point of this passage is
to tell the world that God is not distant but active in our world. He is here
now, spreading light and hope where there is darkness. God’s path has always
been the path to peace.


Ever struggled with a difficult
situation where you felt there was no way out, no ready solution? You’ve sought
advice. You’ve asked a best friend for help. You’ve turned to a family member,
all to no avail.


I remember such a moment not long
ago. I was struggling, caught in the grips of despair and hopelessness. I could
see no way out. As the moment of truth approached and I watched the door to a
solution closing, I found myself walking down a city street late one night
searching my mind for a way out, when much to my surprise the answer lay before


A homeless man stood in my path.
There was no way around him, no easy way to avoid him. I dreaded the encounter
because I knew what he would ask and I had no money. I lowered my head, tried
to look away. 


He humbly called out to me,
“Sir…sir?” As I was about to sternly rebuke him and deny his
request, he said, “You…you look troubled.” I hesitated for a
moment. Again he said, “You look troubled.” I thought to myself if
anyone had faced difficulty it was him. As I moved on past him, he said
“You need to talk to God.” I hesitated for an instant then moved


That night I talked to God and in
the light of the following morning I had my solution. 



Dear God,  

Let us remember that you are always present, always active
in our lives.    When we are troubled by a difficult situation, you
are there with an answer.



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