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  • Henry Prater

I Can See Clearly Now

I can see clearly now the rain is gone

There are no obstacles in my way

Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind

It’s gonna be a bright (bright) bright (bright)

Sunshiny day

-Jimmy Cliff

Talking about Vibes. Pondering our Values. Lots of self-reflection, seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance, asking ourselves some quite frankly uncomfortable questions. Why are we doing this? What really is this all about? Y’all know me, as I process through things, I couldn’t help but think of the Jimmy Cliff Song above. We asked the Holy Spirit to help us accurately take stock of where we are and what has been and is important to us, so that we can see clearly where we are. And now we ask the Holy Spirit to guide us so that we can begin to see clearly where we should go. I have to come back to part of the scripture passage that we kicked off the sermon series with, Roman 12:2, “ Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” We are asking God, through the Holy Spirit, to transform us. To give us the “Mind of Christ,” Paul speaks of 1 Corinthians 2:16. A mind that can find what God’s will is for us at Edgemont. A mind that is connected to eyes that are beginning to see clearly, because of the salve offered in Revelation 3:18.

Now I wish, as Mr. Cliff says, there would be no obstacles in our way. We know better than that. Jesus said we would face trials and tribulations. Yet, with God on our side, there is nothing we cannot face and overcome. Romans 8:38-39 reminds us, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Nothing can separate us from Christ’s love, love that we are carrying to the world. So let those obstacles come. Join me as we pray that we can see clearly because the bright light of the love of Jesus is giving us the vision to serve as his ambassadors in our world.

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