If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,"even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you. (Psalms 139:11-12 NRSV)

There is a marvelous story out of the life of George Matheson, one of the renowned preachers of Scotland in another generation. When Matheson came to one of the great Presbyterian churches in Edinburgh, there was a woman in the congregation who lived in filthy conditions in a cellar. After some months of Matheson's ministry, it came time for Communion in the life of the church. In the Scottish Presbyterian tradition, elders call on members of the congregation to sign them up for Communion. When the elder called at this woman's cellar with the card, he found her gone. After much effort, he tracked her down, finally locating her in an attic room. She was very poor; there were no luxuries. But the attic was as light and airy and clean as the cellar had been dark and dismal and dirty. "I see you've changed your house," the elder said to the woman. "Aye," she said, "I have. You can't hear George Matheson preach and live in a cellar."

Is that not true for those who have experienced the reality of the resurrected Christ? You can't live in the cellar of life after experiencing Jesus Christ.

Dear God, through your son, get me out of the cellar of life. Bring me into your wonderful light through your forgiveness and unconditional love. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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