Jesus said to them, "the light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that darkness may not overtake you. If you walk 8n darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light." After Jesus had said this, he departed and hide from them. John 12:30-36
Today begins the first day of theach House of Bishops meeting in Detroit. We gather twice a year, once on retreat in the spring and then a meeting everyone fall. We reconnect and learn together. There is much anXie type in this world, terrorism and election politics, climate change and financial crisis. It is easy and very human to give into despair. It is natural to want to withdraw and secretly criticize. We cannot go that way.
Jesus talks directly to his critics about wallowing in fear and dread. He understands how easily we are manipulated by loud angry voices. We can move away from others as our fear and anxiety mounts. We are invited to deepen relationships, turn from fear and human wrangling and walk in the light.
TO'Day I ask God to help me always walk in the light. May we turn away from human wrangling and scandals and set our face on following Jesus, the source of light and love.