This morning I was up early and talking to God about a few things I had read in Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward book. A book about the second half of life where we can fall upwards – facing (in the grace and love of God) more of our false selves and personas that we have created and operated out of in the first half of life. The word “exposed” came to me. It seems like there is a fair bit of exposure of my false self in this season of my life but also the world itself seems exposed – its shininess quite tarnished.

Jesus came as the Light of the World. He says it himself.

I have come as the Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness. John 12:46

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

He calls us to be sons and daughters of the Light (John 12:36); to face the darkness in ourselves (Matthew 6:23) and to be the light to our world (Matthew 5:15-16).

I sat again with the word “exposed” – this time as a wonderful word, a freeing word, not a word to be afraid of. I asked Jesus to be “exposed” to me in a fresh revelation of Light. To shine in me, around me and through me. Is this not what Advent can bring to our souls? A renewal of Light? The Light that births hope, joy, love and peace.

Shine on us anew, Lord Jesus Christ

We know that darkness abounds but is no match

For the Light of Christ

In our eyes, in our hearts, upon the path we walk

Shine on us anew, Lord Jesus Christ.

Today, take these verses about the Light and sit with God in them...alongside the word "exposed." Listen to this beautiful song by Lauren Daigle - Light of the World

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