Now show me your darkness
In tomorrow's Gospel reading we hear that verse so famous that even the numbers 3:16 bring it to mind:
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.The passage continues
Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.Lindy Black offers an intriguing illustration:
The cave heard a voice calling to it: "Come up into the light... come and see the sunshine. The cave replied: "I don't know what you mean; there isn't anything here but darkness." Finally the cave ventured forth and was surprised to see light all around. Looking up to the sun, the cave said: "Come with me and see my darkness." The sun agreed and entered the cave...."Now show me your darkness." But there was no darknessThe light of the love of God is meant to shine everywhere. How has the love of God shined light into the dark places of your life?
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