Thursday, November 01, 2007

Those Who Walk In Darkness Will See Light

As the fires in California rage on, I am reading a book about darkness and personal growth. For me, 2007 has been a year of darkness with little pieces of light breaking through the dark clouds now and then. Today I am thinking about all those in California walking in darkness.

At Christmas we hear the quote from the biblical Book of Isaiah 9:2 which says, "The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them." Welcome words when we are in the dark.

What is darkness? Author Joyce Rupp says darkness might be any or all of the following:

1. A time in which the energy and focus of life is almost completely funneled into physical, emotional, or psychic pain.

2. An experience of being buried in deep sorrow and grief.

3. A discouraging and empty inner sojourn when nothing seems valuable or worthwhile.

4. A stage of spiritual desolation in which there is no sense of God's presence and little or no desire for things of the spirit.

5. A battle of indecision and struggle, when the unknowns and fears of the future press painfully on decision to be made.

6. A fog-like state when life is confusing, unclear, and seemingly impenetrable.

7. A situation with evil and atrocity which threaten to overpower or annihilate.

8. An excruciating time of helplessness in which one feels paralyzed or powerless to alleviate the pain of another.

9. An on-going negativity which brings with it a constant state of frustration, irritation, and dissatisfaction.

For me, darkness brings anger, grief, and fear. Yet, dark times come whether we want them or not. Darkness has taught me that it can be an opportunity for growth--to become bitter or better. The other truth is that eventually the dark night ends and the light of hope, a future, and better days does begin to shine on us again.

For all in California and for their loved ones around the nation impacted by the fires, our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with you in this time of darkness. Let us all give to help those who are hurting.


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