Our focal passage invites us to become children of light. Paul contrasts that with the darkness of the secret shames that cause of us to settle for being less than the people God wants us to be. Too many of us are haunted by a secret or captured by shame that act as barriers in our relationship with God. This is not what God intends for us. Rather than being consumed by the shadows, I believe God wants us to head for the light of faith and redemption.
The way of light is clearly understood as the way of God, a symbol of purity and holiness. I think it is hard for us to think about what it means to be a childhood of holiness and purity. It is too easy to see our flaws and failings. It is too easy to see remember moments where we dream of doing the right thing – even a great thing for God – but fall short. Paul sets our course for us. It tells us that our quest is to Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. The verse used her to convey the idea of trying is not the kind of trying we do when we go on a diet, where we try for a little while and then are distracted or tempted and stop. This kind of trying does stop. It is a present future, we try and will keep on trying – never cease trying. It is the kind of trying that continually leads us into the presence of the one who is light, so that a little bit of it rubs off on us.
May God's love and grace rub off on you.
Grace and Peace, Tom