Hope for the Future!

Cecil Martens

READ : John 8:1-12

Polly the Parrot was an important member of the Smith family. At the end of each day Mother would drape a cloth over the cage and then turn the lights out and say. “Good night, Polly.” Polly would always say “good night” in her darkness. In the morning, Mother would remove the cloth and say, “Good morning, Polly.” And Polly would always say, “Good morning.” One morning Mother said, “Good morning, Polly.” Polly replied, “Good night.” “What’s wrong, Polly?” Then she saw the problem. The previous day Polly somehow got out of her cage. There must have been a fight with the cat. Polly’s eyes were clawed out! “Oh, Polly!” Never again would Polly say, “Good morning.” Darkness forever.

Without Jesus, the world is really in darkness and hopeless despair. The world needs light. Light makes darkness flee and stimulates life. Jesus declared, “I am the Light of the World” (v. 12). Then he added, “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” The accused woman, surrounded by self-appointed judges, lived in hopeless darkness and despair until she met Jesus. Now she had forgiveness and hope for her tomorrows.


Prayer of an African child: O Great Chief, light a candle within my heart that I may see what is therein, and sweep the rubbish from your dwelling place. Amen.