Paul's cool. I'm a fan.
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"Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord." Ephesians 5:6-10I always thought the verse was "for at one time you were in darkness, but now you are in light." But it's not that at all. For at one time you were darkness.
You were darkness.
Those are powerful words. With the addition of a little preposition, we turn into a victim. I see someone stumbling around woods on a cloudy night with no flashlight. I see a group of college students playing Fugitive on Whidbey Island, the warm hand in my hand the only contact with humanity, blind to whatever terrors lie in the darkness.
But we weren't in the darkness. We were the darkness.
Maybe the first thing that comes to mind is the smoke monster from LOST, but the following images are much more terrifying. Someone shrouded in darkness, bringing shadow and sorrow with them wherever they tread. Negativity, discouragement, hatred, suppression, exploitation, all in this cloud of darkness. Yes, we were this person. I was this person. I still have my moments.
But now you are light in the Lord.You are light. You are light.
You know when you're sitting around a bonfire, and the sun has set, and the sky is that deep, deep blue, and you're sitting just close enough to the fire that your back is a little too cold and your front is a little too hot? Everyone around you, talking, laughing, eating s'mores, is staring nowhere but into the flames. When ensconced in darkness, we seek out any light. And the smallest possible light is not drowned by the darkness.
The smallest spark is enough to light our path.
And you are light.