For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the
Lord. Live as children of light. (Ephesians 5:8)
Paul uses the complete contrast between light and darkness
to help us understand the complete contrast between who we were before we knew
God and who we are in God.
Most children are scared of the
dark when they are little. You may remember a time when you felt lost or
trapped in the dark. You may also remember the joy, relief and love that you
felt when your mom or dad arrived on the scene and flipped a light on.
This is a small example of the joy,
relief and love that we experience when we invite God into our darkness to
rescue us. And when we do, we become children of light.
This means that we don’t go back
into the darkness. Instead, we work to fight the darkness. We work to love God,
to love others and to not sin. We are no longer in darkness. We have been
Dear God, thank you for rescuing us. Please help us to live
like children of light. Amen.