I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations. (Isaiah 42:6 NRSV)
In one of the old Donald Duck comic strips, it tells a story of Donald's rich Uncle Scrooge. Uncle Scrooge is taking a lot of nerve medicine, because his wealth has driven him nearly crazy. People were constantly asking him for money. In an attempt to escape his high pressure life, they all go to a remote village. As they were parachuted in, Uncle Scrooge drops one of the bottle caps from his nerve medicine. One of the villagers finds it. Soon the bottle cap is traded like money. Uncle Scrooge finds himself the richest villager, because of all the bottle caps he has.

The comic strip goes on to tell of other stories where Uncle Scrooge tries to get rid of his wealth to become a normal person. He never succeeds. He always ends up the richest person. Uncle Scrooge's nature seems to attract wealth.

Jesus also has a nature that attracts. The gospel of John says, "in him was life, and the life was the light of all people." Jesus' nature is to attract light, and Jesus is the one who can turn on the light in us.

Loving God, may your light brightly shine through me today. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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