Tuesday, August 02, 2005

The sunniest corner of Ulster

Yesterday evening, the sunniest corner of Ulster was none other than the village of Kesh. Newtownstewart was a dull sort of a day, overcast and all (and it is raining now), but I was heading down to Kesh to meet up with a friend, and lo and behold, it was sunny! So sunny, in fact, that I couldn't see hardly to drive - even with sunglasses on... My eyes began to water but thankfully I came across a wee car park where I could stop and wait until I could see again.

Yet, do you know what? The brightness of the sun is nothing compared to the brightness of God! In the new Jerusalem, there won't be any call for the sun, because God himself will provide the light for it - and there will be no night!

And what is our reaction to bright light? Well, we normally turn away, or shield our eyes, because we cannot endure it. And even more so, God's holiness is beyond anything we can imagine or face up to. The Psalmist said 'Lord, if you mark our transgressions, who would stand?' But, as the song goes on, thanks to your grace we are cleansed by the blood of the Lamb!

We all fall short (Romans 3:23) of the glory of God, yet thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus, we are able to stand in God's presence, and live with him for ever! (No sunglasses needed!)

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