“Enveloped in Your Light, may I be a beacon to those in search of Light. Sheltered in Your Peace, may I offer shelter to those in need of peace. Embraced by Your Presence, so may I be present to others.” ~ Rabbi Rami Shapiro
The life we live contains day and night, light and darkness. We cannot have one without the other.
This is no startling revelation. Most of the time we can make it through the dark times, knowing full well they will pass. But then there are those times when it seems the light will never shine again. It feels as if we have dropped into a black hole, suspended in mid-air, and nothing will dispel our sadness and grief.
We become desperate and despondent. We sink deeper and deeper into hopelessness. Our eyes strain for some glimmer. It is then that the one who carries a candle appears. He comes to our side with words of encouragement and shows us the way to safety. Soon dawn will come and night gives way to day.
“Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.” ~ Desiderius Erasmus
Our responsibility is to become the one who carries light in the darkness. When we have been rescued, it is our job to become a rescuer. When we have been saved, we are obligated to bring saving grace. It is far too easy to dust ourselves off, utter some words of gratitude and run along.
Experiences of great trouble and subsequent redemption are not to be wasted by simply maintaining the status quo. There is no purpose to having survived and thrived if all we do is carry on. Plenty of other people are suffering the same things we suffered. We are called to light another candle and bring it to someone who is crying in the darkness.