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Week 1 – Wednesday

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O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord! 

Reading

Isaiah 2.2-5
In days to come
    the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
    and shall be raised above the hills;
all the nations shall stream to it.
    Many peoples shall come and say,
‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
    and that we may walk in his paths.’
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
    and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
    and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
they shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
    and their spears into pruning-hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
    neither shall they learn war any more.

O house of Jacob,
    come, let us walk
    in the light of the Lord!

Reflection

Light is a powerful symbol of God’s presence in the Bible, providing guidance in the darkness and showing his people the way. In Exodus 13, as the Israelites flee captivity in Egypt, God goes before them in a pillar of fire.

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path,” declares the psalmist (Psalm 119.105). God’s word illuminates our path, providing us with guidance on how we might walk in God’s light.

Action

However light and sunny it is – or isn’t! – today, make at least one journey on foot. Longer term, could you make more sustainable travel choices, such as cycling or using public transport?

Prayer for the week
Spirit of truth and love,
Life giving, holy dove,
Speed forth your flight!
Move on the water’s face
Bearing the lamp of grace,
And in earth’s darkest place
Let there be light!

From “Thou whose almighty word”,
by John Marriott (1780–1825)

Family Challenge

Walk in the light
Walking or cycling – rather than driving – are good for our health and for the environment. Can you make one extra journey on foot, bike or scooter today?