Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s Reading:  Ephesians 5:8-14

“For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.” –  Ephesians 5:8

Every time we walk into a room and flip on the light switch, we expect it to produce light and illumine the darkness, right?  When the light doesn’t go on, we know that something is broken or, more correctly stated, it is dead.  In Ephesians 5, Paul tells us that we were darkness.  We were dead and lifeless.  We produced no light.  Something indeed was broken – namely our relationship with God.  Because of sin, we were separated from God and were dead.  We could no more restore that relationship than navigate our way through eternal darkness.  Our sin led Christ to the cross and His death on Good Friday when the whole world went dark.  He was the one and only being who could successfully restore our relationship with God the Father.  During this Lenten season we reflect on the cross where Christ transformed our darkness into light, thereby restoring our relationship with God the Father and granting us life eternal.  Thanks be to God!

Prayer: Light of Light, O Sole Begotten Radiance of the Father’s face, Word made flesh, who lived among us Full of truth and full of grace. Shine upon our human darkness; Pierce the night that shrouds our race.  (Light of Light, O Sole-Begotten, LSB 914:1).

This devotion was written by Rev. Michael Kolesar – Pastor of St. James Lutheran in Victor.

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