In the village of Alresford in Essex, there are ruins of an old church (St Peters). I have been to these ruins many times, but yesterday I was struck by the way that the light was shining on them.
You see, the light of Jesus shines everywhere, even in and on brokenness.
St Peter’s appears to be a reminder of the decline of churches in the UK, but the truth is that there is a thriving Church in the village.
In 1971, St Peter’s was gutted by a fire and the decision was taken to build a new church (St Andrew’s) that would be bigger and that would be located in the village itself rather than just outside of it.
God’s light is shining in and through the life of a growing church but it is also still present in an abandoned ruin.
A quick google search shows that ghost hunters visit these ruins and one website claims they are used for witchcraft. These websites are claiming there is a spiritual presence there, but all I felt was the love and light of God. You see, God’s light is shining, even in a place where people claim that darkness reigns.
God’s light shines everywhere and he is longing to bring hope and direction to all of our lives no matter how we are feeling or what we are going through.
So, let’s look to God and make it our prayer that we would be more aware of His light shining no matter what our circumstances are.
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