• Elpidio Pezzella

Lights in the night

The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. (Luke 11:34 NKJV) Around us lights to illuminate the night that soon drops its blanket at this time of the year. Intermittent and multicolored lights break the gloomy darkness, inside and outside the houses and rise to points of reference. What is repeated on this day in the streets and in the houses is a reflection of what every human being carries in his heart. Everyone, some more and some less, are afraid of the life that goes out, of the light that suddenly vanishes. Who in the dark has already walked, facing the giants of sickness and pain in general, monsters of insecurity and famine, the ghosts of loneliness and bitterness, now that he has come out of it he feels the need to leave everything behind him. Thus lights become synonymous with rebirth, because there is no person who does not want to get up and start over. There are those who are still crossing the valley of the dark and do not know if and when it will end. For him / her the shimmer becomes a loving encouragement not to give up, because there is no night that does not pass and darkness that does not clear. Others are dragged by false lights. However, no artificial light can illuminate the soul. Here then it is necessary that the light of Christ be manifested and placed on high, so that every room (heart, life) can enjoy its effects. "No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light." (Luke 11:33 NKJV). There are many "blind" in search of those who open their eyes: hearts eager to nourish themselves with the Scriptures, people in search of the Spirit and in need of honest and God-fearing guides. This is why I chose to preach the Gospel, the good news that it brings freedom to the prisoner, who gives sight to the blind and new vigor to the tired soul. I have moved my steps away from the path of futile discussions, endless disputes, because time is short and there are "lost sheep" to take back home. I desire that you together with me can be a lamp for others, one of those burning lamps for the many travelers of this world. Luca addresses the issue of light in the room on a perspective that is anything but high. Our eyes are the lamp of our life. Where are you looking at? If your eyes are turned to God, your eyes will give light to your existence. Anyone who looks at you will recognize a particular light. The devil (lucifer) was a bringer of light. Initially it was a reflection of the divine light, then it became light of deception and falsehood, lies and delirium. And when our eye is turned elsewhere by the Gospel, darkness takes over, our eyes darken and we are far from God. A danger is present behind every door, as the prophet warned. "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20 NKJV). How much confusion about and around Christ. May these days of festivity bring us back, by means of Scripture, to look at the things that last forever. Therefore I pray that your heart may see that divine light that for over two thousand years has come to dispel the darkness of existence and that still today finds it hard to emerge. Let Jesus shine on and within you.

Devotional 51/2019 Weekly Bible reading plan December 16, Amos 4-6; Revelation 7 December 17 Amos 7-9; Revelation 8 December 18 Obadiah; Revelation 9 December 19 Jonah; Revelation 10 December 20 Micah 1-3; Revelation 11 December 21 Micah 4-5; Revelation 12 December 22 Micah 6-7; Revelation 13 On December 18, 1707 Charles Wesley was born, founder of the Methodist movement. In his life he published over 5,500 hymns.

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