Tuesday, September 24, 2002

1 Thessalonians 5:5

"Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness."
1 Thessalonians 5:5

Good morning, all.  I like this scripture... it reminds us of who we are. Not immaterial shadows or beings of darkness, but children of light... children of the day.  It might just be another way of saying "Children of God" since that is what God is... light, daytime, everything that you can think of that symbolizes goodness, clarity, and truth.  Sometimes it is hard to remember.  It is hard to reject the darkness and refuse to flirt with the shadows.  We can get addicted to the little patches of darkness in our lives... but that is another good thing about light.  When it is bright enough, *all* the darkness goes away.  And we are the children of light... destined to be bright ourselves someday, no matter how dim we feel now.  As we learn and grow and become brighter, there will be less and less room for darkness of any kind in our lives.  It takes time, and patience... and hope... but we can banish darkness from our lives, and be left with light, and truth, and beauty, and all the things that are good.  It's kind of like weeding the garden... we can start wilting if there are too many weeds around.  Clear them out, and we grow and flourish.  But, never, whether we are thriving or wilting, have we become the weeds themselves.
We are the good plants... the children of light, never the children of or the sources of darkness.  We just have to let go of our death-grip on the color black and give up our membership in the weed of the month club, and start acting like who we are... start polishing up and shining brighter and brighter... until the perfect day.  (Which WILL come, by the way, and I don't think that it is just going to be perfect in the eyes of God.  It will be perfect for us as well.)

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