A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness. J. Genet
I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. O. Mandino. This week we lay to rest our dear friend and brother Enver. In speech and sharing we spoke of the hope of his transition, even as he descended to the grave. In all the sorrow there was the hope and knowing that he was transitioning to a wonderful place. Despite the negative reputation of darkness there is another and powerful aspect. Darkness is also fertility. Everything that has not yet come into being is held in darkness; the seed that will become a flower, the child who is not yet born. The deepest and most unexplored parts of your soul are held in a loving darkness until it is time for you to manifest them or bring them into the light. Even in grieving the darkness can reach you, because the sharp edges of light are too painful. Darkness can come to you to comfort you and keep you safe, it comes to you as a loving presence to protect you while you are vulnerable. Darkness is also essential to our biological welfare, our internal clockwork, as light regulates our waking and sleep rhythms. So fundamental are these rhythms to our being that altering them is like altering gravity. God is divine, God is Light, but God is also so vast and incomprehensible. He came to this world in Jesus, but the world rejected Him, yet He became King. “God’s future came forward to meet us in the present” Nt. Wright. There is yet uncreated light and there is the absence of light that is perceived as darkness. Yet in the divine dance of God there has been created the two, to birth the new and the renewal to replace the present. “Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing. Psalm 98 7-8. I wish you His presence as you nurse or endure within you an absence of light or a “good” darkness, may that become fertile and bring forth the new, that which God has planned for this coming week!