“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Unkind words, things done purposely to be hateful can tempt us to respond in hateful ways ourselves, just adding to the darkness. The way of Christ, however, the light of the world, is to respond in love, thus allowing light and an opportunity for that kindness to make the darkness just a little lighter. A dark room becomes light when a source of light like an open door, drives out the darkness—simply, quietly.
My husband Jim the person was not like Jim, the caustic letter writer. He was a great doer of good, a vessel of light and life, during the 69 years he lived, 47 of which I knew and loved him. There was not one day that I doubted his love for me. He was truly passionate about spreading love and light wherever he was, sometimes in very funny and creative ways. He actually did spread “fake news” when he started having “fake news conferences” to liven up a St. Louis County office where he worked with special needs adults after retiring from teaching and coaching. He pretended to be the county supervisor and made up funny “news” to broadcast through his fake microphones. Not surprisingly, a dull, routine day was turned into a happier experience for all.
A new friend made in the last two years we have lived in Charleston, Illinois, shared that his passing on August 15th “made the light a little dimmer in the world." We all have choices as we live out our lives. Will we add to the darkness around us, the hate that can come against us, or will we choose to offer light in a world in such need of it. Jesus would have us let His light shine through us as it did through Jim.
Kay Laughlin, Charleston