The Light that Shines in Darkness

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In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.  – Francis Bacon

The days passed slowly, the nights seemed to last forever. Those nights in the hospital were definitely dark times for me, hours of fear filled with worry. The dark time frightened me and made me wonder how I would get beyond that fear.  Eventually I learned to embrace the darkness as a quiet time of reflection. I learned that God provides enough light for those who are patient. I experienced God as healing light, a light that was working within me.

I learned that I would survive this darkness and be whole again. Most of all, I learned that in order for the light to shine so brightly, there must be darkness.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcomea it.  – John1:1-5

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