Moving from Darkness into the Light of Jesus.
Isaiah 9 which reads, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those
who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.”
John 8:12 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.’
Psalm 40: 1-5
I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.
4 Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.
5 Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done,
the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of
your deeds, they would be too many to declare.
Some may recall that a couple of weeks ago, Currie mentioned to the folks at the
service here at Woodland Church, that I would be speaking here today and that I am a
Chaplain at the super jail in Penetanguishene.
I couldn’t possibly list all the things that Christ has done to bring this to fruition given my
past, but I can say that it is miraculous. The clear evidence of God’s active love, grace,
and transformational work in my life! There are some here today that can happily attest
to that being true.
The great life-dance between light and darkness began with my experiencing
forgiveness for my many sins in 1987 during a twenty-eight-day rehab for drugs &
alcohol. Pulled from the darkness, I began my faith journey to becoming more like Christ
Through decades of inner healing by the power of the Holy Spirit through countless
hours of clinical help in overcoming the many traumatic life events suffered at the hands
of many from a young age, God Himself continues to shape and fashion my life in the
way of Jesus to affect life-transforming changes in the broken lives of those I am
entrusted to serve in prison using the same love and compassion that Christ offered me.
What a privilege it is to bless others through Christ Jesus in this way, trusting that He
will finish the work He started so long ago, providing the light I need, one step at a time.