"I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."
We need to be in the world, so that we can learn all that we have to learn and become all that we can become... but we can shun the evil that is all around us. The core of our being is not rooted in this world, but in God... and in a very real way we have the power to transcend this world and walk through its traps and snares, keeping ourselves intact. I like how it talks about being sanctified by truth... I have been thinking about truth, and how it and light interact. :) I think that we are drawn to truth, and when we have it as a shield, there is no way for the lies of the world to deceive us, to draw us into believing that we are less than we are, or that we should settle for something incomplete. Light allows us to see through the darkness and shadow, and truth allows us to see all of the twists and deceptions that are in front of us. I like that God works to show us what is really there, and have us make our own choice... allows us our freedom. After seeing the deception, we can cloak ourselves in it again, should we choose to... but light and truth are waiting there for us, and offer us other choices, and better paths.