Light of the World


People who need people,

Are the luckiest people in the world

We’re children, needing other children

And yet letting a grown-up pride

Hide all the need inside

Acting more like children than children*

Earlier this week, I asked God to restore my faith in humanity. I don’t even remember what news story triggered that request, but the feeling lingered. There’s a lot going on in the world today that testifies to man’s sinfulness. It’s scary and, at times, even terrifying.

Since this has been on my heart lately, I’ve put a lot of thought into my introverted reactions to being around large groups of people. It’s been shown that being around a lot of people physically wears out introverts, and we need to pause, retreat to a place of safety, and then rest. Once we’re recharged, we can start the process all over again.

Physical human body Jesus…He seemed like an extrovert, but then again, we read that there were numerous times when He went off to be alone with His Father and to pray.

God created us to bring glory unto Himself, for us to worship Him, and for us to form relationships here. Lucifer took exception to all of that and felt we should worship him, bring him glory, and serve him. He uses relationships to tear us apart from one another. This is why we need to “pray without ceasing,” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Some say, “People are basically good.” The Bible says,

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

John 3:18-20 NKJV

Father, remind us that we need times of solitude with You. Help us to be aware of Your constant presence in our lives so that we never take Your love and mercy for granted. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

*Excerpt from the song “People,” sung by Barbara Streisand in the movie “Funny Girl.” Lyrics written by: Carmine Appice, Mark Stein, Tim Bogert, Vincent Martell

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