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                                                      I used to be a Primary –school teacher in the Swansea area and on one occasion I took my class of seven to eight                                                       year olds to visit an old coal mine called, ‘Big Pit’ which has been turned into a museum on mining in the area.

                                                      Part of the visit involved being taken by x-miners down in the cage to actually experience what it was like to be                                                       underground. All the children and myself were equipped with safety helmets bearing our own lights so that we could                                                       see where we were going.

      Naturally, many of the children felt really scared and unknown to them, so was I!

      At one point, the guide told us that when he gave the signal we were all to turn off our lights and then he explained, we would really understand what it was like to be totally blind and/or, in complete darkness.

      It was a very unnerving experience but made me realise that in the modern day of electric lighting, we are rarely ever in complete darkness; there is always a glimmer of light coming from somewhere around us!

     The crowds listening to Jesus would have had only candles or oil lamps to light their homes and the only areas of a room, not all of it, would be lit up. Those people would have had a far better understanding of what, ‘being in the dark’ meant.

  Spiritually, our world is in darkness, the darkness of violence and crime, of terrorism and intolerance, of hunger and pain and man’s inhumanity to man.

     Into this darkness comes again the one, ‘Light of God’ who alone can banish that darkness and lead us ever onwards to safety. He could be said to be God’s everlasting light bulb, which never goes out!

  Are we allowing Jesus to fully be our light or are we using Him more like an oil lamp so that He affects only small areas of our lives and not all of them?


St. John Ch. 8, V: 12

Jesus said to the people, “I am the light of the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I used to be a Primary –school teacher in the Swansea area and on one occasion I took my class of seven to eight year olds to visit an old coal mine called, ‘Big Pit’ which has been turned into a museum on mining in the area.

   Part of the visit involved being taken by x-miners down in the cage to actually experience what it was like to be underground. All the children and myself were equipped with safety helmets bearing our own lights so that we could see where we were going.

      Naturally, many of the children felt really scared and unknown to them, so was I!

     At one point, the guide told us that when he gave the signal we were all to turn off our lights and then he explained, we would really understand what it was like to be totally blind and/or, in complete darkness.  It was a very unnerving experience but made me realise that in the modern day of electric lighting, we are rarely ever in complete darkness; there is always a glimmer of light coming from somewhere around us!

     The crowds listening to Jesus would have had only candles or oil lamps to light their homes and the only areas of a room, not all of it, would be lit up. Those people would have had a far better understanding of what, ‘being in the dark’ meant.  Spiritually, our world is in darkness, the darkness of violence and crime, of terrorism and intolerance, of hunger and pain and man’s inhumanity to man.

    Into this darkness comes again the one, ‘Light of God’ who alone can banish that darkness and lead us ever onwards to safety. He could be said to be God’s everlasting light bulb, which never goes out!

    Are we allowing Jesus to fully be our light or are we using Him more like an oil lamp so that He affects only small areas of our lives and not all of them?

St. John Ch. 8, V: 12

Jesus said to the people, “I am the light of the world.

                 


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