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In The Dark

Four years ago on this weekend our 12 year old son was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. When I heard the diagnosis the room went gray and I collapsed into darkness. A few minutes later we were telling our son the news and staggering through a bewildering maze of hospital procedures.

Four years later, this weekend we are waiting for news regarding a dear friend who seems to have run away to kill herself. It is a dramatically different situation, but there are painful similarities in the feelings of disorientation and helplessness.

Somehow it reminds me of a moment underwater at night in Hawaii. We were snorkeling with manta rays when our guide turned off the lights. I quickly lost my sense of which way was up. And I was desperate for some light to give me my bearings.

Although it seemed like an eternity, a few moments later our guide turned the lights back on. And today as well as four years ago, our Guide has the light in his hand. That light gives me my bearings. It shows me that God is still good. It reminds me that there is an endpoint out there, a time when the Judge of all will make all things right. It beckons me to follow Him toward heaven, where the pain of this world will become a distant memory… where I’ll be able to breathe freely at last.

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