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Light over darkness

December 19, 2018
By PASTOR ROGER LEMKE , Pine Island Eagle

It is sometime between 5:30 and 6 a.m. that I walk my dog "Nobi" (which means prophet in Hebrew). I like to think that wherever I am, wherever I walk, God is with me Yes, I'm dyslexic.

I see better in the dark than most cats and therefore, I dislike all of the "night lights." But then I remember the good news of Christmas that "In the midst of a deep darkness there came a light, and the darkness was not able to overcome that light" (Jn. 1:5).

This was not a temporary flicker. It was an eternal flame, and we need to remember that! There are times, in the events of the world and in the events of our own personal lives, that we feel that the light will be snuffed out. But the Christmas story affirms that no matter what happens, the light still shine

As you walk outside this evening, or early in this morning, notice that the darkness does not intrude upon the light. On the contrary, it is the light that intrudes upon the darkness. Light is always stronger than darkness. And the forces of light are stronger than the forces of darkness. The darkness is real. But because of Christmas, it will never get so dark that you can't see the light. Remember that into the darkness God sent an eternal light, and that light is always stronger than darkness. And therefore, the forces of darkness are not ever stronger that the forces of light.

Roger Lemke is pastor of Fishers of Men Lutheran Church. The church is at 10360 Stringfellow Road. Call 239-283-1170 for service times and/or additional information about programs offered.



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