Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Absence


In Matthew 6:22-3, Jesus says " Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!" The same words are found again in Luke 11:34-5 & end with a warning: "Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness”.

Light & dark have changed shifts since the beginning of time. As a modern society, we give little thought to it. When darkness falls, we transition seamlessly, relying on artificial light to guide us- headlights on our cars, lamps in our homes or the illuminated displays on our electronic devices... they all help us continue with life as usual, well into the wee hours of the night. We’ve learned how to live in the darkness with relative ease.

But what would life be like without the light to guide us? Would danger run rampant? Would we be in our homes by nightfall to stay safe? Would we be getting ready for bed as the sun set? We would surely no longer work at night or go out to entertain ourselves, except, perhaps, by the light of the moon... Light enables us to do more, longer. It allows us to lead richer, fuller lives... in doors, out of doors. We become essentially... invincible to the darkness if there is light available to us. Without light, the night is long... time seems to stop. One can only gauge it by watching the slow-footed movement of the stars across the sky. We could probably learn to acclimate...

In fact, perhaps some of us already have...
Could it be possible that the light we think we have in us is actually... darkness?
And how would we know?

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