Today’s selection comes from the Church of England’s devotional series Live Lent, an ecologically themed program that can be subscribed to here.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
During Lent we are encouraged to face the reality that there are many dark places in our lives and in our world. We need God’s light to open our eyes to the world’s needs, to bring hope into the darkness.
Whatever challenges we face, it is important we remember, in the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, that “Good is stronger than evil; love is stronger than hate; light is stronger than darkness; life is stronger than death. Victory is ours, through him who loves us.”
Prayer for the week
Spirit of truth and love,
Life giving, holy dove,
Speed forth your flight!
Move on the water’s face
Bearing the lamp of grace,
And in earth’s darkest place
Let there be light!
From “Thou whose almighty word”,
by John Marriott (1780–1825)