LIGHT OUT OF DARKNESS
I find as I grow older that I like the darkness less. Yet, for a while, I admit I also treasure the darkness. I love its solitude. I love the sleep the darkness invites me to fall into. And ironically and poetically, in my darkest moments I have learned the most profound lessons. The darkness represents the fallow period when the light is hidden away. But the darkness can also represent the demonic in human nature. Certainly there is much darkness in the world today—terror everywhere and genocide in Sudan; war in Iraq and poverty and hunger abound. There are days when I feel so overwhelmed and depressed by the darkness! . Human history is filled with days and centuries of darkness. Alas, I wish it did not have to be. Yet, out of the darkness always comes new creation. We have to believe that, don’t we?
--Given by James Covington on December 14th, 2004