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Topic: light (05/24/04)

TITLE: The Darkness of my World
By Kevin Kindrick


There is a darkness in my world. I cannot see it, but I know it is there. I look out at my city, and I see light, light everywhere. I see headlights, streetlights, traffic lights, neon lights—but nowhere do I see Light.
For all that light, still, mine is a world of darkness – subtle darkness. I know it is there. My fellow soldiers know it is there. But the rest of the world goes about their daily lives, blithely ignoring the darkness all around them.
Are you one of my fellow soldiers? Do you see the darkness that enshrouds this world? Or have you, too, been blinded by the guile, the subtlety of this unseen darkness?
I have been in places where the darkness does not hide. It is visible in the faces of the people every time they step outside the doors of their mud huts. It is heard in the barking of the wild dogs. It is felt, a tangible evil, on the night of a full moon in the back country of Guatemala.
Here, it is hidden. Here, it is subtle. If today’s American saw here what I saw and felt in Guatemala, he would know that it was evil. But he cannot know that anything is evil, when he is blinded by the very thing that he will not admit exists. That is the tactic of the enemy in my world. He convinces his victims that he does not even exist. After all, why bother to fight an enemy that isn’t even there?
Such is the plight that this nation finds itself in. This is the cause of apathy, of amorality, of complacency.
But in all this darkness, a Light shines forth. From the souls of the fearless soldiers of the One I call Lord, His Light shines into the surrounding darkness. Those who turn to Him, who fight for Him – these are the ones whose eyes He has opened to see the world for what it is. From offices, from classrooms, from bedrooms – the Light is spreading. Wherever a soul is found that is no longer afraid, the Light is spreading, one person at a time. The Light is shining in this dark world, and where there is Light, there can be no darkness.

Member Comments
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Gary Sims05/31/04
And there is hope...
Marie B. Corso05/31/04
Your heart is a missionary heart. Your article speaks of the darkness in many places in the world, and that darkness is so subtle that most of the people don't even know they walk in it. "The Light is shining in this dark world, and where there is Light, there can be no darkness." Good line.
B Price05/31/04
may we stop long enought to think of the light vs darkness and give thanks for the True Light .
Deborah Porter 06/01/04
Echoing Gary's comment, but also saying that your writing really painted quite a picture. You created an atmosphere with your writing that was very powerful and you finished it all with that beautiful hope for all those who will come into the light. Very good writing. With love, Deb
L.M. Lee06/02/04
Wherever a soul is found that is no longer afraid, the Light is spreading

The power of light! I wipes out the fears that we only have in darkness!

good piece!
Lynne Gaunt06/04/04
Very thought provoking article. Hidden darkness is a dangerous thing indeed!
Joanne Malley07/17/04
We live in quite a dark world indeed. The challenge is getting more people to see the light. Your article is good and shows us that although there is darkness, there is also the hope of more light!
You displayed a great thought on the subject of light. :)