Light Shining in Darkness

To the average person there is something fascinating in the thought of light, however caught or diffused. The stars embedded in their azure setting hold their unsurpassed attractiveness throughout the ages. Spread out a modern city with its artificial lights at midnight before the eyes of a savage, and there a spellbound watcher will be found. A well-told story of the flame of a dying candle, its feeble rays battling with the huge spaces in shadow, leading some lost one to a safer haven, has a touch of tenderness that rests alike on civilized and heathen.

Is it not that mortals instinctively feel hope in the idea of light? Does it not symbolize the eternal Father-Mother Love, reaching humanity in its dark hours? The psalmist says, "If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me." The same authority also says, "If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there." It is because "God is light" and knows only light, and because the Christ-idea within is ever urging us toward the light,—and not because of any power of our own,—that we eventually struggle out of the pit into which our ignorance or self-will plunges us.

August 5, 1922

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