Two news items from yesterday:
Norfolk actor Stephen Fry spoke about entertainment venues: ‘’Dark’ is the word we use to describe a closed theatre, and these are dark times indeed…’
The BBC told us that with 29,427 recorded deaths the UK now has the highest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe.
These are ‘dark days’.
It is not just the national picture. Many individuals with anxieties about health, families and employment are living through dark days.
Simon Thomas the ex- Blue Peter and Sky Sports presenter describes his depression: ‘The cave was a dark and lonely place… I remained in it and began to spiral downwards into an even darker, more isolated place… the pit I was in felt larger and even darker…’
Boris has told us that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Using words from ‘Starlight Express’:
But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel…
The inside might be as black as the night
But at the end of the tunnel there’s a light.
David describes his caring Shepherd-God: ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me…’
This shepherd deliberately leads his sheep into darkness. He is with them through darkness – where he cannot be seen but is still there. He leads them out of darkness into a new light.
Martin Luther King spoke of himself as an agent of that light. ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.’
King’s enemies had threatened his family, shot into his windows, and bombed his house. Rather than adding more darkness to the world of violence and hatred he talked of bringing a very practical light and love.
Stephen Fry is quoted in the Eastern Daily Press: May 5 2020
‘Love interrupted’ by Simon Thomas
Starlight Express by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe tells the story of Rusty the steam train. The actors perform the whole show on roller skates.
Martin Luther King Jr. from a sermon called “Loving Your Enemies,” delivered at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama (December 25, 1957).