Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | April 18, 2014

April 18, 2014 “The Hurricane Lamp”

“What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.” (John 1: 4-5- The Message Bible)

Good Morning and Good Friday to everyone!

Several years ago in my particular ministry journey as an intentional interim pastor, I was called to serve a church in Clearwater, Florida. Upon our arrival, we were presented with several welcoming gifts…cards for local restaurants, household needs, etc. The gift that stands out in my mind, however, was the gift of a hurricane lamp! Interestingly enough, the night we arrived in Clearwater, Tropical Storm Barry was battering the west coast, so we were greeted by a copious amount of rain and wind. Thankfully it subsided the next day, and we actually had opportunity to watch a shuttle launch from the cape on the eastern coastline. But getting back to the hurricane lamp…it was designed to provide needed light even in the worst of storms…a distinct possibility in the state of Florida. Thankfully, we never needed to make use of it in such fashion. It did come in handy on occasions when we had to look under a dresser for a dropped set of keys or some such thing, but it was not needed for any power outages due to a hurricane. Still, it was a comfort to know it was available if needed, and we still have it, of course.

Storms do come in life. Hurricanes of trials and tribulations do assail. They take on many forms, and like the hurricanes that sometimes batter the coastlines of our country, they have names: “Sickness..Grief…Depression…Lack…Loneliness…the list goes on. What light is available to us when those storms assail? We see it shining brightly even today, and of all the unlikely places, it emanates from a place of great sorrow…it shines forth from One hanging on a cross! Our hurricane lamp burns brightly leading us from darkness to light…from despair to victory, for on that cross, he bore it all for us. His name is Jesus. As John put it in his Gospel account, The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.”  Pastor Phillips Brooks, who wrote the great Christmas carol ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, once said, 

We may say that on the first Good Friday afternoon was completed that great act by which light conquered darkness and goodness conquered sin. That is the wonder of our Savior’s crucifixion.” 

That of which John wrote culminated in that supreme act of love and sacrifice. Light conquered darkness. Goodness conquered sin! “Good Friday?” Oh yes! Good beyond comprehension for those who walk in His glorious love. Good for those in turmoil, trouble, despair…for the Light has come. As you turn to Him in prayer this Good Friday, thank Him for the Life-light he is. Thank Him for what He has done. Praise Him for His sacrifice. Thank him, most of all, for the sheer wonder of the crucifixion…that which the Enemy intended to extinguish the light has become our “Hurricane Lamp” in the storms of life. To God be the glory! Let’s pray!

Glorious Christ; You bore my sin on that cross. Nailed to that tree, You set me free from its sting. Now I come to you liberated, humble and grateful for Your wondrous love. May I never cease to praise You, today and forever. Amen!



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