What is it about the night that invites questions? As our head rests on the pillow and shadows stretch out, questions begin to emerge from the nooks and crannies of our mind. At first, the questions are utilitarian, but then, without warning, the questions morph, becoming deeper and more difficult: Is Grandma going to recover from this illness? Why are my prayers so short these days? Does Jesus really care about us—about me? At this point we know that night has truly descended. Honesty feels much safer, much less exposed in the dark.
Maybe that is why we can relate to Nicodemus. He makes his way to Jesus, beset by questions he can ask only under cover of darkness. Though the darkness is Nicodemus’ security blanket, he is irresistibly drawn to the Light of the World. Like Nicodemus, through baptism we are invited to be born again, born from above, born of the Spirit. Join us as Deacon Bri preaches and reminds us that the Spirit calls us out from the shadows, inspires us to be born from above, and enlightens us with radiance God’s amazing grace.
Image: Night Passage by Jan Richardson. Copyright © Jan Richardson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of the artist. www.janrichardson.com