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“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.‘” —John 8:12, NIV

Camping up in the Sierras, I slept one night out under the stars. I knew we were high up in the mountains, but it was so dark when we settled in that I didn’t really know where we were. The sun woke us up early the next morning, and as I reached out to stretch, I discovered that one of my arms was hanging over the edge of a cliff!

Walking around in the dark is dangerous.

But before we met Jesus, all of us were in the dark, teetering on the edge of life.

Thank the Lord that He is the Light and that He shines His love upon us, even in our darkest, most dangerous states.

Darkness symbolizes sin, ignorance, and evil. Light is a symbol of God and His holiness and goodness.

Sometimes I think most of humankind is walking on that hidden edge, which is obscured in the shadows like a trap waiting for us to stumble and fall. But even in the most evil, black-as-night place in your life, the smallest glimpse of truth, the tiniest flame of Light in Jesus’ name can shatter the darkness, dispel the evil, and bring hope and light back into your life.

You can reach out to your Savior with one cry of help. You can see the Light.

Isaiah, prophesying the coming of Jesus, said, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned” (Isaiah 9:2, NIV).

“The light that shines from the Crucified is a light…which both illuminates the obscurity of being and overcomes the darkness of nonbeing.” — Nicolas Berdyaev

Pastor Ray Bentley

Love God. Love People. Pastor Ray Bentley lived by those words. His love for the Lord and the people he served was demonstrated every day through his actions, leadership, ministry, teaching, sharing, and caring.

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