Thursday, Second Week of Epiphany January 21

Text: Mark 4:21-34

“He said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” Mark 4: 21-23

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!” But what is that light? What lamp is it that shouldn’t be hidden under the bed? This is a devotional, so we don’t have time for suspense… the light is Jesus.

If we’re honest, we are well aware that we do not like to be on a stand. When humans are put on a stand either by autocracy or democracy they are reliably, well, disappointing. But God has given us the gift of repentance. We disappointing humans aren’t meant to be God, we’re meant to need God and put Him on a stand so people can see His goodness, His justice, His mercy, and not our good deeds, which are filthy rags anyway.

But there’s more good news than simply we can repent and lean on God’s goodness: a lamp will burn the house down before it’ll be hidden under a bushel basket or a bed. The light of God is coming and no attempt to hide it will succeed. Our God is a consuming fire and with God’s help, we are lifting Him on a stand for all to see.

~ Chase Benefiel



Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.