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Nightlight, Daylight
by Terry Barlow
07/10/13
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"Don't hide your light under a bushel" we've all heard. Little did I know that was one way in antiquity of making a night light just dim enough to allow one to sleep but just bright enough to prevent one from stumbling and groping about in complete darkness. Upon closer examination isn't that precisely what we seek sometimes? Not the wholesale extinction or extinguishing of light but the mere dimming down of it so that we can continue in our spiritual slumber but still "get things done." (As if to innoculate ourselves with just enough light not to be inconvenienced but still be "in the know.") The Dimming and Dumbing down of the light is not something done intentionally necessarily but something that tends to happen if we don't keep moving progressively on the path of righteousness with the One who IS our righteousness, where standing still makes us an obstruction, or where the illusion of standing still is in actual fact regression, which reaches beyond obstruction to active interference with the activity of the children of light. (For the more chemically-minded among us this is akin to the difference between being an anti-catalyst or being a catalyst.) This path that is righteousness shines brighter and brighter for the ones progressing on it, as the shadows of selfishness diminish until the Son reaches the true center of our sky, directly overhead on that Perfect Day.(Proverbs 4, v.18)



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