by the Rev. Lowell Erdahl, former Bishop of the St. Paul Area Synod
Scripture: "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it." John I. 3,4,5.
Refelction: Our thought for today is one of the most obvious facts in all the world; light invades the darkness, dark does not invade the light. I never found comfort in it until I pondered this little poem by Professor Gerhard Frost of
If I am asked
what are my grounds for hope,
this is my answer.
Light is lord over darkness,
truth is lord over falsehood,
life is lord over death.
Of all the facts I daily live with
there is none more comforting
than this: If I have two rooms,
one dark, the other light,
and I open the door between them,
the dark room becomes lighter
without the light room
becoming darker. I know
this is no headline,
but it's a marvelous footnote.
And God comforts me in that.
Prayer: We, too, Lord take comfort from the lordship of light over darkness, truth over falsehood, and life over death at this challenging time. Amen.
Bio: Lowell grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota and attended St. Olaf where he met Carol, and then went to Luther Seminary and Union Seminary. He served as pastor at Farmington Lutheran Church for ten years, then taught at Luther Seminary for 5 years before returning to serve as pastor at University Lutheran Church of Hope for ten years. Lowell then was elected bishop and served for 12 years. While teaching at Luther the Erdahl family were members at St. Michael's (that is Carol and the children--Becky, Paul and Beth were members--Lowell had to remain in the ALC until the merger.) Lowell and Carol returned to St. Michael's as members in 2000.