Saturday, May 2, 2009

Look for the Stars When It Is Dark

I love the symbol of light representing Christ, the true Light of the world. Often, I think of light as good and dark only as bad, but it is not all bad.

The other day I was talking with a friend about some hard times that she has gone through. At first she talked about the unfortunate things that happened and how dark things seemed during that time. But as we were talking, we were able to see good that came out of the pain: appreciation for her blessings, greater unity in her family, more compassion for others, and other joys. It really is true that there must be opposites for us to appreciate and properly see the beauty that exists. Somehow the darkness can help us see the light if we choose to have the right attitude and focus our sight on what is important. Because the dark comes, we can see amazing sunsets and sunrises.
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” Og Mandino

“One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.”
Kahlil Gibran


  1. Thank you. This thought is especially helpful to me tonight - and always so true.

  2. What a great way of looking at things! Thanks, Valerie! You always post things that make me think and stick with me in a profound way.

  3. This reminds me of an experience I had aboard a real tall ship a few years ago. Knowing I would be on the solitary Atlantic for 6 days, I looked forward to seeing the stars at night more than anything else. I jumped at the chance to be on the midnight watch. Imagine my disappointment when there were no stars to be seen! The moon was too big and bright; we could actually see fine on deck without any artificial light. Two night later, we were hit by a tremendous storm which was scary. But THERE, peeking through the racing clouds, were at last, my STARS! Visible now in the midst of a storm, but NOT on a perfectly clear night!


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