The difference in darkness, light Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 November 2017
By Chaplain (Capt.) Tiann Morgner
Special to GUIDON

As a kid, and even sometimes today if I am truly honest with myself, I was afraid of the dark. Why is that? Could it be you cannot see and you do not know a lot about the darkness?

We often combat this fear with tools like night lights and flashlights. We light up the night so we need not fear what we cannot see. We rid ourselves of darkness for the darkness is something to be feared. We do the  same thing during the winter — a time of year when the days get shorter and the nights get longer — we fill our lives with light and celebration.

Darkness isn’t all that bad though. If you have ever spent the night out under the stars you may have insight into the phenomenon of the dark.

Whether you are out in the field for a field training exercise, camping with family, or sitting up in a tree stand waiting on a deer, you have probably noticed it.

The more time you spend in the dark, the easier it is to see, and the less light you need to understand. You find a different perspective in the still quietness of the night just before the sun rises. Often it is only being brave enough to dare to go into the dark that we truly see how much light is all around us.

Barbara Brown Taylor, in her book “Learning to Walk in the Dark,” says “I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light.”

When we dare to tread into darkness, it is then that we truly see light. This is true of the season of advent in the Christian tradition. It is a period of darkness and preparation as Christians await the coming of the birth of Christ.

Whether it is physical or spiritual darkness, if we learn to brave it, we can overcome it. May we all find light this season in the midst of darkness, for it is darkness that allows us to truly see light.

(Editor’s note: Morgner is the 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment chaplain.)

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