Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

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Last night several people from our church gathered together to do a prayer walk through our town. After the walk we met to talk about what we saw and anything that came to mind.

What I heard next was pretty much the coolest thing I’ve heard in a long time.

One of the older men in our group mentioned that he noticed several areas in town that felt especially dark. Another guy then asked him what he did in the dark places, specifically if he rushed past them.

The older man looked at him for a second and then said, “No! I stopped and I prayed.” The way he said it was so matter-of-fact, I half expected him to follow it up with, “Duh.”

The other man smiled, and then pointed out the fact that “if we rush through the darkness, who is left to shine a light? We tend to want to just get to the light and stay there, but why? It’s not like we are going to make it any brighter. We need to go into the darkness and shine the light.”

I tend to stay pretty quiet in group gatherings, especially when it is a bunch of adults, but I was so excited to hear that I almost yelled out. Instead I just nodded vigorously, and started bouncing around.

I love being with other believers. I love worshipping together, praying together, and fellowship. But we can’t just stay there. We can’t stay huddled together. We have to go into the darkness. We have to bring the light.

We don’t have to be afraid of the dark.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

See you soon.


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