Oct 27 – Blind to Mercy

People normally experience a full range of colors from the darkest black to the brightest lights. Contrasts between light and dark enable us to see so we do not stumble in the dark. What if we only lived in darkness?

Sun light penetrating dark shadows illuminating a road.

Several caves have small colorless fish without any eyes. These fish live their whole lives without experiencing the light of day. Only within the past few decades has an occasional flashlight beam crossed their paths. Growing eyes and related nerves would merely waste the small bits of food they find using other senses.

Light and dark are also used to describe righteousness and sin, good and evil. We cannot appreciate one without the other otherwise we would be no different than blind cavefish completely unaware of good and evil, righteousness and sin.

Jesus told a parable about a Pharisee and a tax-collector. Both come to the Temple to pray each unaware of his own blindness: the Pharisee seeing only his righteousness and the tax-collector only his evil deeds.

I will have more to say about Luke 18:9-14 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 27th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

A Tip for Parents

What do you fear?

Wearing scary costumes on Halloween allows us to laugh at our fears which we can do because God is with us.

Before a great swarm of locus would destroy all of their crops, and their food for that winter, the LORD helped the people conquer their fears.

Israel, you will know that I stand at your side.
I am the LORD your God
—there are no other gods.
Never again will you be put to shame.

Joel 2:27 (CEV)

How do you help you child conquer their fears?