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I AM the Light of the World

By Barbara Rainey

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I AM the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

This second declaration of “I AM” during Holy Week was made in the temple, a place full of people and priests busy with the business of church. Most of those present that day felt enlightened in the knowledge they were God’s chosen people. Those of us today who have been born again believe we now see clearly. But knowing truth can lead to arrogance which quickly blinds like an ever-thickening cataract.

The Light of the World sees everything. Luke 8:17 tells us, “Nothing is hidden … that will not be known.” And Psalm 11:4 says, “the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.

On this Monday of Holy Week, will you acknowledge your blindness? Are you willing to see that you can’t see?

Elijah prayed that God would open the eyes of his servant to see the invisible army of God. Today is the day and now is the time to ask God to show you what He sees in your heart. First we must see our sin, our inability to heal ourselves. Then we will see Jesus, the Light of the World.

He waits again today for you.


My Heart, Ever His: Prayers for Women (NEW from Barbara Rainey)

As we search for meaning in our world of shallow online relationships and glamorized selfies, many are returning to traditional and liturgical churches. The repeated words, benedictions, and historic hymns connect us to saints who have gone before, giving us a sense of belonging, richness, and transcendence. Written prayers, once cast off as archaic, are now welcomed as guides to tune our hearts to the heart of God.

In My Heart, Ever His Barbara Rainey shares 40 prayers for women. Readers can read and meditate on one prayer throughout the week or read a prayer a day for 40 days as a way to express the longing of our hearts to our Father who loves us even as he sees who we truly are. Like the psalms of David, these prayers are honest, sometimes raw. Barbara uses these transparent expressions of common female experiences to encourage us to surrender to Christ and help us see God as he is, not as we assume him to be. My Heart, Ever His provides a stepping-stone to help you become more transparent with God and discover his welcoming embrace.


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