Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. (Genesis 1:3 NRSV)

Kristine in Chattanooga, Tennessee tells about something that happened during the children's sermon at her church. Her pastor was speaking about the ingredients required to make up a church, using a chocolate-chip cookie as an example. He explained to the children that, as with a cookie requiring ingredients such as sugar and eggs, the church needed ingredients to make up the congregation. Holding a cookie aloft, he asked, "If I took the chocolate chips out of this cookie, what would I have?"

A shy six-year-old raised his hand. "Six less grams of fat," he replied. My guess is that someone in that young man's family is on a diet.

We make these sometimes futile resolutions, but don't many of us really hope for more? Don't we long for a more radical change? A change that will turn our challenges into hope! A change that will bring healing and a bright future. One way we can achieve this goal is by reading the Bible and spending time with God in prayer.

Loving God, change me into your light of love. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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