Saturday, December 24, 2016

Luke 11:36 -- On Losing Our Darkness

"If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light."
Luke 11:36

This reminds me of the quotation by C.S. Lewis "If we insist on keeping Hell (or even earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell."  I think that one of the biggest challenges we have in life is letting go of those dark "souvenirs of hell" in our lives, and embracing the light completely.  We seem to want to hold onto the darkness for some reason.  Perhaps it is familiar, or we think they might have cookies. :)  At some point though, we won't be able to progress further without letting go of that inner darkness.  Part of that is learning to trust God and that God's unfamiliar is always going to be better than our own familiar... and God's cookies are also infinitely superior. :)  Part of it is facing our fear of change, and responsibility, and loss, and discovering/realizing that our fear and paranoia is getting in the way of our joy.  Moving on and letting go of our darkness allows us to be so much more than we are, and that much happier as well.

Today, let's work on letting go of our souvenirs of Hell, and filling ourselves with all light, all the time.  Let's trust God and remember that changing for the better is worth it, and then let's follow through on it, eventually "having no part dark." :)

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