In this passage I discover a word of courage:
This story ends the work of Peter, with the focus in the next chapter moving to Paul. Jesus has gone; James has been executed; and Peter must be feeling that his own demise is imminent. It seems like the power of darkness has extinguished hope. In fact the way the story is written, Peter is literally in darkness – when a light appears..... a light that brings him hope, release, and restoration to his community. Luke tells this story at a time when the next generation of Jesus-followers are struggling for faith. They have seen Jerusalem burned to the ground; they have experienced persecution at the hands of Roman authorities - most notably when the Emperor Nero accuses them of burning Rome; and they have seen their church scattered. Luke writes to reassure them that God does not forget them, even when things seem at their most desperate.
In the same way, you and I can take courage in moments of darkness that God will find a way to bring light. It might not be what we expect – but know that God will never abandon us to the darkness.
For Thought:Light of the World
You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes
Let me see
Beauty that made
This heart adore You
Hope of a life
Spent with You
Lyrics: CHRIS TOMLIN
Ordinary 19 / Pentecost +1241 Prayers and Promises
The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 255.
This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day.