Posted on Feb 22, 2011

I have titled this message, "The Light Which Lighteth Every Man"; I shall begin by quoting from the Gospel of Saint John, verses 6 through 14:
"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
"The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
"He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that light.
"That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
"He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
"He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
"But as many received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
"Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (unquote)
Well, several sermons could easily be written on the aspects of just those nine verses, but the train of though of this message stems from the wondrous promise that the true Light lights every human that comes into the world, who is born on this earth. Looking only at the outer appearances, this would not seem to be so, because so many do not really take to heart nor fully understand the statement "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (nature): Which were born not of blood, nor the will of the flesh, nor the will of man, but of God." It is the new man in the Christ nature–the Divine Self inherent in each of us that expresses these powers to the degree our will allows. So it is the human will, subject to the personality shortcomings and self-centered desires, that must be disciplined and redeemed to come into joyous union with the ageless, spiritual, wise, risen Son of God that is heir to Heavenly Kingdom of the Father Creator the Christ Light hidden within. (pause)
Light is illumination, warmth, healing, sent from the loving heart of God; therefore, we cannot be friendless nor helpless, without strength and power to accomplish, if we are willing to receive it, give it permission to do its work. Our Savior Warphower Jesus, the living Word, charged us: "If ye love me, keep my Commandments," thereby giving us the way to opening the doors of heaven, here and now. (pause)
We, in the Northern Hemisphere, are now really beginning to notice the lessening of daylight since the summer solstice on June 21st. We know the sun has not diminished but rather that the earth is in its natural cycle of positioning. We can relate this to ourselves as we travel on our journey to unfold the Christ Son in fullness, learn to better and better "Let (our) light so shine before men, that they may see (our) good works, and glorify (our) Father which is in heaven." (Our spiritual progress is a great deal of "two step forward; one back" as we gain understanding through overcoming karma, refining our desires and attitudes, learning to love as God loves–with wisdom and perfect caring.
As with the physical sun, the Light of the Christ is ever radiating, although at times seemingly obscured by clouds of doubt and discord. "Let there be light" is a wonderful prayer and affirmation. In all situations–good or bad, easy or hard–let us ever see ourselves as surrounded by the Light that is without limitation, God’s wisdom, loving warmth, healing power. Daily, may we pray for its clarity and guidance that we may be lifted and also be lifters.
I am rereading Starr Daily’s book "Love Can Open Prison Doors" and recently read his second book, "Release." Starr Daily was a career criminal who, through redemption, proved the power of love to clear one’s way to victory and to literally open prison doors, not only freeing him from the imprisonment of a mind attuned to crime, but also working its mystic ways to engender his release before his sentence was finally served. His prison mentor was an incredibly wise old lifer, who had mastered the deeper meanings of scripture, and patiently taught those who would listen.
God is Love, and the Light emanating from Him is perfect, divine love…
Starr Daily prefaced his first book with this poem:

Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage;
He is not free who beats his wings
In bitterness and rags:
That man alone in free who loves
Creative virtue’s way,
But dares to reach a hand to those
In the clutches of decay.
Richard Lovelace

Starr Daily went from career criminal, lengthy imprisonment, to freedom and finishing his life span as an author and active minister, a blessing to the world. (pause)
Starr Daily relates that he never met a prisoner who didn’t blame someone else or society for his predicament. Not facing the truth is the reason for the high rate of relapse among ex-convicts-no one can be helped who is not willing to ask himself, "Was it you or was it me?" That question is a necessary yardstick in the spiritual progress of any of us as we meet life’s challenges and inharmonious situations. Unless we can sincerely do so, we do not really want to know and live in truth and will be unable to fulfill the Command of our Savior Wayshower Jesus to "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."
We all have been, and still are to some extent, imprisoned by demons of the mind–regrets, hurts, and even deeper and probably unrecognized feelings of inadequacy and disappointments in some areas. Our response determines our state of being, whether we are peaceful, cheerful, and expectant, or whether we live in the unsettled realm of "what ifs?"
Did you ever think about the fact that if we didn’t have regrets we would never learn nor advance? So, we can objectively examine our regrets, correct what we can, and go forward, leaving the rest behind with a blessing for the understanding it provided. (pause)
Most of us, at some time, have been put down or treated unfairly, because we live on this learning plane of earth, the planet in our solar system where past mistakes are worked out. With vastly differing levels of understanding, humans can and do afflict one another grievously and true justice is frequently not forthcoming in Man’s world. Our hope for the satisfying abundant life promised in Scripture must lie in our own hands, in realizing that the Light which lighteth every man, an exemplified by Jesus, is present and powerful within us, making it possible to rise above any circumstance to the pleasant place our Heavenly Father has prepared for us. We can reason and remake our personal world. The way of illumination is to dig deep and resist neither outwardly nor inwardly but overcome through the guidance of the Light. Action there will be, but righteous victory comes through God’s hand. It is most encouraging to keep these words of the LORD God to the embattled Israelites: "Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
"Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah (praise) and Jerusalem…(habitation of peace). In peace and praise do we walk in the Light!" (pause)
In confrontation or disharmony of any kind, it is enlightening to follow our response clear to the inner care of our being. What caused me to react in this way? Would it measure up to the Christ yardstick? Was it appropriate or did it reveal a lack in me, an unattractive attitude, a less than loving nature?
Starr Daily relates that, after his personal epiphany, he was fired up that he would drive out all his demons of bad habits in one full swoop. Well, the harder he resisted them, the more they enticed him, and he soon felt overwhelmed and discouraged. His wise old lifer cellmate, known as Dad Trueblood, quietly reminded him, "Lose the old bad habit by replacing it with a new good one." Soon the old ones drop away from neglect. (pause)
God is love, and love is probably the most misunderstood expression of life. Emotional caring, based on human personality desires is the prevailing definition of love on earth at this time. Divine love embodies much, much more. It is the perfect blend of wisdom and nurturing, its expression always just and healing, blessing and balancing all.
An example of the shortcomings of shallow thinking: I heard of a school district that decided to give elementary students a satisfactory grade in mathematics if they appeared to be using the right method of arriving at an answer, even if it was wrong. Mathematics is an exact science, and somewhere along the road to maturity, these students are going to run into reality. It is doing them no favor to give them a pass; such practices deny their capabilities and the pleasure of gaining competency in a very important area of knowledge. I would love to ask the authors of this misguided theory how they would feel if, in the future, their students were in the position to figure their monthly paycheck and shorted them to $100 or so. Would that be okay? After all, they seemed to be using the correct method of computation!
Jesus proclaimed, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." The Light emanating from the heart of God is of the higher and finer–penetrating–but vibrating with the precious love of the Heavenly Father. We worship and glorify Him by claiming our heritage as His children–rising above the earth, earthy, in heavenly awareness letting our light warm and heal, permeate all matters. (pause)
An interesting aside: The medical community is said to be paying more attention to the ancient understanding that fevers have a purpose–they assist in killing germs–and are prescribing fever reducers with more caution, controlling fevers rather than aggressively eliminating them. (pause)
The Light that lighteth every man is peaceful. Our Savior said of the attitudes of being: "Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the Children of God." To be a peacemaker, we first must make peace with our circumstances and ourselves. One by one, we consider the sore spots, forgive the happening and those involved, rid ourselves of their power to hurt. In so doing, being a peacemaker for others and the world comes naturally and we are connected to the Light, which guides us to think and act in the highest way possible.
The Light that illuminates you and me is the Light of the world, its hope and healing. This Divine Light is warm with love, bright with energy to inspire and empower, the white shining beam of clarity–all that we need to experience peace and plenty–the pleasant Path of Perfection that life eternal is destined to be.