Day 16 – Romans 13:8-14 ‘The armour of light’

A few years ago, while visiting a castle with the family, I tried on a chain mail vest.  It was very heavy!  Probably at least 20 pounds in weight: whilst it was comforting to feel momentarily invincible (sort of), the thought of staggering round a battlefield wearing...

Day 15 – Acts 9:1-18 ‘Seeing the light’

It’s a famous story, possibly the most famous conversion experience of them all.  Saul the implacable opponent of Christians, on his way to cause more trouble in Damascus, meets Jesus directly and his life changes forever.  Even his name changes! It’s a timeless...

Day 14 – John 12:30-36 ‘While you have light’

I’m reading a book about mountaineering at the moment.  I’m not much of a climber myself, but I find accounts of heroic feats on mountains fascinating.  In the particular chapter I’ve just finished, a pair of climbers run out of daylight on a descent.  With a sheer...

Day 13 – Matthew 6:19-25 ‘The lamp of the body’

Just once in my life I was able to have a drink with a friend at a grand old London club.  It was the Carlton Club on Pall Mall, and one of my good friends was a member there – long story.  I was duly warned the day before to make sure I was wearing a tie – no...

Day 12 – Matthew 5:13-16 ‘We are the light, too’

The Roman writer Pliny talked about the two essentials of life as ‘sale et sole’ – salt and sun i.e. salt and light.  And here in Matthew chapter 5, Jesus picks up on those same two images as metaphors for how we are to live as his followers.  I love the combination...