Welcome to our new way of sharing the wisdom of the scriptures and each other!
- I ask that all of you pause with me to be in prayer for our world as we face this pandemic crisis. Also pray for specific people and situations.
- This week’s study is on the word “light.” (Our new participant, Lorna Jones, gave me this idea.)
- Please slowly read the following scripture passage: Matthew 5:14-16. Extra commentary: Lamps were made of clay and burned olive oil. The common people of the time turned over a bushel and put the lamp on top. More wealthy people used a pillar or a tripod. To view the lamps of Jesus time: type in your search engine, “lamps in Jesus time.”
- Read John 8:12
- Read Matthew 11:28-30. Those of you who were raised on farms understand the meaning of yoke. For us “city folks,” a yolk is the yellow blob in the center of an egg. So, I include the definition of yoke: “a crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the plow or cart that they are to pull.”
- In the Matthew, chapter 5 passage: How have you been a light to those around you during this difficult time? How have others been a light?
- In the John chapter 8 passage, light brings the promise of Jesus. As you slowly read this passage three times, what feelings or thoughts come to you?
- In the Matthew 11 passage, light has another meaning. Light means the relieving of a load. Is there a particular phrase that has meaning for you? (from Pat: I like “you will find rest.” It always causes me to stop and take a few breaths and relax.) Do you have other comments about this passage? (from Pat: I have to be honest and say that this has never been one of my favorite passages. Once I understood the yoke part, I couldn’t see myself that restricted. I guess I took it too literally, and I like my independence.)
Stay healthy, pray, laugh, and help one another.