Push Back the Darkness

Push Back the Darkness


I was looking for pictures of darkness on last night.

Because that’s what one does after reading of nine-year old girls, An ocean away, Taken away from their mommas And sold as slaves To experience unspeakable evil.

But as I scrolled through, I noticed something: In every picture, there was light.

Because light pushes back the darkness. Darkness cannot swallow up Light. Oh, it tries … Lord have mercy, how it tries.

We’re all to be salt and light. But too often we leave people with sourly puckered lips, eyes clenched tight against the painful brightness.

Because we’d rather squabble about minutiae points of docterine. Of supposed oppressions. (Still we strain at gnats and swallow camels.) While girls who should be twirling in twirly skirts And trying to catch pet birds And laugh and be silly with their friends Are swallowed up in Darkness.

We yearn for mansions in Heaven and stuff here on Earth. We worry and fuss and fight about so many inconsequential things. (I hold a mirror, always a mirror.)

Meanwhile Darkness is trying to swallow up the widows and the orphans, the little ones so precious in Jesus’ sight.

Jesus told His disciples, “Situations that cause people to lose their faith are certain to arise. But how horrible it will be for the person who causes someone to lose his faith! It would be best for that person to be thrown into the sea with a large stone hung around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to lose his faith." ~ Luke 17:1-2 (GW)

Guys, we have to do something. We have to pray. We have to get the word out.

We have to help organizations like Preemptive Love and Samaritan’s Purse who have people on the ground, in the trenches to get literal, physical help to those who need it.

We have to help. So nine-year-old girls can be nine-year-old girls in the all the best possible ways. So their families don’t lose them. So that they can see Light will always push back the Darkness.

Don’t hide the Light you’ve been given. Shine it bright, not to blind but to rescue. Don’t let another soul lose their faith.

Lone Wolf III from Flickr via Wylio

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