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The Good Seed - Tuesday, August 29, 2017
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
John 8:12

Walking in the light
Every evening, the nurse told a story to children from the streets of an African town. They were served a simple meal. But where was Paki tonight? Why wasn't he there with the other children from the town? Yesterday he had stolen some oranges from the hospital garden and, climbing the wall, he injured his foot. Might the nurse have spotted him? So that evening, he sat further away, behind a tree, and listened to the Bible story from there. How he would have liked to be sitting over there in the light and warmth of the fire!
The story was over. From the kitchen, plates of steaming rice were carried out. The children ate with a real appetite. Paki was in two minds: since stealing the oranges he had nothing to eat. Should he stay in the dark, hungry, or venture into the light? After a moment's inner struggle, he stood up and hobbled over to the fire.
"Paki, be quick! The plates are nearly empty," the nurse shouted, holding out a plate of rice.
When the other children had gone, she took Paki by the hand, attended to his injured foot and spoke to him. She interrogated him about the injury, and lo, and behold, Paki admitted stealing. In return the nurse forgave him with all her heart, and he left the hospital happy. He had learned that in the light, all sins become visible, but they can also be given there. How glad he was that he didn't stay in the dark!
"If we confess our sins, he (God) is faithful and just to forigve us our sins" (1 John 1:9).
Today's reading: Titus 3


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