John 8:12: “When Jesus spoke again to the people he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
“Don’t waste this pain” were the words of Rev. Jay Wolf to a sanctuary packed with young people mourning the loss of a 19-year-old friend. This young man, described as winsome, engaging and personable had struggled through the years and now his life was over, far too soon. His family, distraught and devastated, called on the minister to talk about a better choice. What do we do now?
Life is about relationships, and these relationships are the framework of our lives. God created us to have a relationship with Him. Our relationship with God must be the priority of our lives. Relationships in marriage, family, church, school, the work place, and our community serve as the platform for glorifying God and for serving others. Jesus reminded us that the key to good relationships is love.
A recent article by Andrew Romano of The Daily Beast, “Hollywood Declares 2014 the Year of the Bible,” posed a pop quiz:
How many of the top 15 highest-U.S.-grossing movies of all time - adjusted for inflation - star comic-book characters?
And how many are based on the Bible?
One of my favorite photographs sits on Mike’s bedside table. It’s a framed black and white picture of a little girl sitting contentedly upon her daddy’s lap--his arms wrapped protectively around her. The little girl is our daughter, Ashley, at about 20 months old. She doesn’t remember that day in 1985, but when she looks at the picture, Ashley knows the secret--that her daddy loves her with all his heart.