Fear of the Dark

14 Apr

Passing the Light

The small light of the flame pushed the darkness back, a palpable darkness, deeper even than those dark nights where the black is thick as a wild beast’s pelt, and presses in on you like a stifling blanket. ~ The Merlin Trilogy by Mary Stewart

Don’t run away, I’m not getting my theology from Merlin, but this sentence reminded me of a powerful ceremony my son, Doug, took part in after his training with Teen Missions and before he went to Malawi to help build a church.

All the “bootcamp” graduates were gathered under a large tent along with their family members.  The lights were turned off and we sat in the inkiest black, then one candle was lit.  It, indeed, pushed the darkness back.  Then the flame was passed from candle to candle until all of the young missionaries were bathed in the golden candlelight.  It was incredibly moving at the time, and still when I think about it my heart is full.

In him [Jesus] was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  John 1:4,5

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