The all-powerful light of God

If we're feeling frightened by the darkness of mortal existence, it's time to turn on the light!

One evening, when I was a child, as I lay in my bed I caught sight of a strange object. Straining to get a better view, I saw it move. It looked like a prehistoric reptile. I could have turned on the light, but instead I resolved to lie perfectly still and go unnoticed.

All through the night I watched the creature. A number of times I came to the conclusion that it must be asleep. However, as I would start to move my eyes, it would move—not much, but enough to let me know it was alert. I would find myself again staring through the darkness. It was a very long night. ...

When the sun began to come into the room, the creature stopped moving. Then —to my amazement—I found there was no creature. In the clear light of day all I saw, in the spot where my frightful captor had been, was my brother's baseball glove!

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August 16, 1993

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