Great News

Thursday, January 13, 2000

   For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought
us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have
redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
    -- Colossians 1:13-14, New International Version

   What a powerful image this passage delivers.  Being rescued from the turmoil of selfishness, then invited to be a part of God's plan and peace, and finally redeemed, or made clean to start a new day, a new life.

    Can you imagine being spared from the traffic you may have faced today?  What about the little senseless things that just grate at your soul, robbing you of peace?  Then there is the cloud that may follow you for things not done right or justly. 
    It is so easy to be caught up in a life full of reasons to give up or give in.  But hear the Good News, we have been rescued and brought into God's Fold.  Though you may seem like things are going haywire, rest assured that through your faith, God's activity in your life will bring peace to all situations.  The key is to accept the invitation.

   Almighty God and Loving Father, I am not delivered from the dominion of darkness by my own doing, but Yours.  It is through the sacrificial love of Jesus that brings me into your presence.  For all that you have done, for all that you have made me, and for all that it cost you, I praise you and offer my life as a sacrifice of praise. In your name, Lord Jesus, I offer up my praise. Amen.