Treasures of Darkness

Treasures of Darkness

Yesterday was ‘tunnels and light’.

Ann responded:

‘I remember the long tunnel I travelled through as I was going through radiotherapy… lying flat bolted down on either side of my head to keep me and the plastic mask in place. My only light 30 times over was to recite Psalm 23…’

I wanted to fight… not adding more pain… I had to ask to keep on travelling until finally the last session was over…We cannot experience that kind of joy unless we have been through the tunnel & come out into the light. I know God was with me …

God’s words to Isaiah:

‘I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord…. I form the light and create darkness…’

If darkness is created by God as a treasure then we should not only accept the darkness but embrace it and receive it as a gift.

Winston Churchill said:

‘Do not let us speak of darker days… These are not dark days; these are great days–the greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed… to play a part in making these days memorable …’

The Phantom of the Opera explains to Christine that there are treasures and music to be found in the darkness:

“Night-time sharpens, heightens each sensation;

Darkness stirs and wakes imagination.

….Turn your thoughts away from the cold unfeeling light –

and listen to the music of the night.”

Rowland Croucher says:

‘To those accustomed to banishing the darkness, the light seems the only safe option. But for those who allow themselves to explore the darkness, its terrors can be dispelled. What seems at first fearsome can be an experience of reflection and discovery.’

Ref:

Isaiah 45:1-5

Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s address to Harrow School on October 29, 1941 

Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe “Music of the Night” from “The Phantom of the Opera” (1986)

From”Gentle Darkness” (1994) edited by Rowland Croucher

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