The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. (Psalms 119:130 NRSV)
Do any of you have fish at home? They're fun pets, aren't they? Goldfish are awfully nice to look at. They're such a shiny, bright color. It looks like they just glow with light. Did you know that goldfish lose their color if they're not kept near a light? That's right. Goldfish have to be kept near a light, a pretty bright light, in order to keep their pretty golden color. If they are kept in darkness, or if the light around them isn't bright enough, the goldfish starts to fade. So it's important to always keep your goldfish in a room with good lighting.
Our Bible passage today is about light. It's about the light of God's love. Once we become Christians, once we choose to follow Jesus and live as He lived, then we have the light of God's love inside of us. Just like a flashlight lets us find our way in the dark, the light of God's love shows us how to follow God's way of living. Just like a light fills a room and makes the darkness go away, God's love fills our hearts and makes our sins go away. But just like a goldfish needs to stay near a light in order to keep its pretty color, we need to stay close to God in order to have His light in our lives. And we can do that by coming to church and learning about God, by praying to God, and by reading about God in the Bible.
Lord Jesus, touch me that I may stay close to your light. Amen.
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